Vonn to skip Beaver Creek races, focus on Lake Louise
Vail’s Lindsey Vonn will not race next week at Beaver Creek as she recovers from a partially torn ACL in the same right knee she blew out at the World Championships in February. The defending Olympic downhill champion sustained the latest injury in a training crash at Copper Mountain on Tuesday.
“While her rehab is progressing, she is not at a point where she will be able to ski next week and is unfortunately withdrawing from the race at Beaver Creek,” Vonn spokesman Lewis Kay said in an email statement Friday. “She will continue to do therapy with an eye at racing in Lake Louise.”
Lindsey Vonn announced today she won’t be skiing at Beaver Creek next week (file photo).
The women’s World Cup, after a downhill, super-G and giant slalom Nov. 29-Dec. 1 on the new Raptor course at Beaver Creek, moves to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, the first full weekend in December. Vonn has won an astounding 14 of her American record 59 World Cup races at Lake Louise.
“Lindsey is recovering very quickly from abrasions to her face and contusions to her shoulder blade,” said Dr. Bill Sterett of Vail-Summit Orthopedics, the surgeon who repaired Vonn’s knee after her crash last February. “Beyond that, she has a stable knee with an MRI finding of a partial tear of her ACL graft. With therapy, she is progressing well while not losing any of the strength she worked so hard to achieve.”
Vonn had hoped to make her comeback at Beaver Creek next week before being derailed by her training crash at Copper Mountain. The Winter Olympics will be contested in February in Sochi, Russia, and Vonn has said she very much wants to defend her Olympic downhill title.
“Lindsey is extremely appreciative of the outpouring of support and good wishes,” Kay said.
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