Lindsey Vonn broke her ankle during a training run, she revealed on Twitter Thursday morning.
The 30-year-old Vonn, who was training in New Zealand for the upcoming season, did not say how long she expected to be out of training.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) August 13, 2015
Just hours before she broke her ankle, Lindsey Vonn posted a video of herself skiing down a mountain with the hashtag #ilovemyjob.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) August 12, 2015
Vonn Breaks Ankle, 2015, And Vonn’s Injury History
The broken ankle isn’t the first injury for Vonn — in fact, far from it. Lindsey Vonn is no stranger where injuries are concerned. During the past five years alone, Vonn has dealt with multiple ACL tears, a broken pinkie finger, concussions and fractured bones.
Vonn’s most notable injury, perhaps, came in 2013 when she had to be airlifted from the mountain during the world championships. At that time, Lindsey Vonn was diagnosed with ACL and MCL tears and a fractured tibial plateau. The injuries ended Vonn’s season, according to NBC Sports.
At the start of the 2013-2014 season, Vonn returned to training and again tore her ACL, an injury which eventually forced Vonn to withdraw from the 2014 Olympic Games.
Vonn also suffered a season-ending ACL tear in 2007.
Lindsey Vonn Returns To Competition After Injuries
Vonn was able to return to competition in 2014, where she set the record for all-time wins on the women’s World Cup circuit. In addition, she won her seventh World Cup downhill title.
Lindset Vonn had hoped to recreate the success of last season this year, but the broken ankle could set her back. Vonn has not yet provided any additional information about which ankle she broke or what her recovery time might be like, but as even as one of the most successful alpine ski racers, Vonn is likely to need time to recover from the broken ankle injury.
Vonn has said in the past that she hopes to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Vonn has already competed at three Olympic Games and has one a single Olympic gold medal. The gold medal came at the 2010 Olympic Games, where Vonn won the downhill event.
Find out more about Lindsey Vonn’s World Cup dominance, sans broken ankle, in the video below:
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