Lindsey Vonn, the winningest skier in women’s ski-racing history, crashed today while training in New Zealand and suffered a fracture in her ankle. As detailed in POWDER, she will be returning to her home in Vail, Colorado, for further medical examination and treatment.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) August 13, 2015
The ankle fracture is just the latest in a long string of injuries that 30-year-old Vonn has suffered.
She was forced to miss the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after suffering a crash while training in November 2013 that tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. It was the second time in less than one year that Vonn had injured her right knee, having previously torn that same ACL as well as her medial collateral ligament (MCL) in February of that year, in a crash during a World Cup race in Austria that left her hospitalized.
She also endured crashes in the 2011 World Championships, 2010 Olympics, 2010 World Cup, 2006 Olympics and 2007 World Championships that resulted in, among other things, broken forearms, bruised shins and concussions.
Yet despite all that adversity, Vonn has managed to become the winningest skier in women’s history, notching 67 World Cup victories, two World Championship gold medals, two Olympic medals and four overall World Cup titles in her illustrious 15-year career. She is also one of only six women ever to win a medal in all five disciplines of alpine skiing (downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-giant slalom and super combined).
It remains to be seen what impact this injury will have on Vonn’s 2015 World Cup season. The first event of the year is scheduled to take place on Oct. 24 in Sölden, Austria.
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