Timeline: Lindsey Vonn injury
Ryan Summerlin January 7, 2014
Feb. 5: Vonn crashes while competing in the super-G at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria, suffering a torn ACL and MCL and a lateral tibial plateau fracture. The U.S. team says in a statement it expects her back for the next World Cup season and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Feb. 10: Dr. Bill Sterett, a physician for the U.S. Ski Team and Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, performs knee surgery on Vonn in Vail. In a release issued by the ski team, Sterett says the surgery went well and that she is resting comfortably.
Aug. 28: Training at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Vonn says her right knee is 98 percent equal to her left knee. “I just happened to land funny and tweak my knee in the wrong way, so I dislocated my knee,” Vonn says later in the day from her home in the Ritz-Carlton in Lionshead. “But I’m not afraid. I fall and get back up. That’s just what I do. I think I’ll have no problem when I get back on snow.”
Oct. 2.: Appearing via teleconference at the U.S. Olympic media summit in Park City, Utah, Vonn says she is considering returning for the Soelden World Cup later in the month. “I’m still up in the air on returning to racing. I’m going to Europe in a few weeks to train. For sure, Beaver Creek (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) is the latest I will start racing. I’m further along than I anticipated.”
Oct. 23: Vonn decides to skip Soelden and focus on Beaver Creek return.
Nov. 8: While training in Vail, Vonn says her knee is now fully recovered. “I don’t feel it. I don’t do anything differently because of my knee. I’m training as if I were 100 percent healthy, which I am,” she says. She says her super-G is better than ever.
Nov. 19: Vonn crashes while training at Copper Mountain, suffering a partial tear of her surgically repaired right ACL.
Nov. 22: Vonn rules out return for the Beaver Creek Raptor World Cup, saying she plans to return for Lake Louise the following week.
Dec. 4: Vonn participates in downhill training run at Lake Louise, finishing 22nd. “I was, of course, a little nervous,” Vonn says. “But I’m really happy to be back, first training run, first kind of real race situation since February. It’s been a long time, and I’m really happy.”
Dec. 6: In her return to World Cup racing, Vonn finishes 40th out of 60 in the first Lake Louise downhill. “I was just too nervous. I was really tight, and I skied that way. I skied tight,” she says.
Dec. 7: Vonn finishes seventh in the second Lake Louise Downhill.
Dec. 8: Vonn finished fifth in the super-G at Lake Louise. “I know I can win again. … I’m ready for Sochi.”
Dec. 21: Vonn skis out and clutches her knee in pain in the World Cup downhill race in Val D’Isere. “I didn’t hurt myself more than I’m already hurt,” Vonn says. “The thing is I have no ACL. So unless I get surgery there’s nothing really magical that I can do that’s going to make it better. I just can get my leg stronger, my muscle stronger and try and support it a little more. But that has a small impact. My knee is loose and it’s not stable and that’s the way it’s going to be from here on out. I just have to get used to it.”
Jan. 7: Vonn announces that she will skip the Sochi Games and focus on returning for the 2015 World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creeek.