Lindsey Vonn has been dealing with knee injuries all year, but she was supposed to return to competition this week as she prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Unfortunately, Vonn suffered a partial tear of her right ACL during a training accident that appeared to once again delay her return.
The partial ACL tear was in the same knee that she tore her ACL in earlier in the year.
However, Vonn is “very hopeful” that she will be able to make a speedy recovery and potentially return to action at the end of the week.
“I’ve been doing rehab, and I’ve been progressing every day, but in the next couple of days I’m going to start to get on snow here at Vail [Colo.] and see how it feels and hopefully get a couple of days of training before I head up to Canada,” Vonn told TODAY. “If things go well, I’ll be racing next week. If they don’t, then I’m going to have to reassess and kind of see where I stand and if I can make a comeback for this season.”
It would be great for Vonn to bounce back so quickly and return to the slopes, but she needs to make sure she is 100 percent.
Of course, the ultimate goal is to be ready for competition when the Winter Olympics roll around, so Vonn will not do anything that would directly put her chances of returning in jeopardy.