Lindsey Vonn: This has been the hardest recovery of my career
Vail resident set to return to racing Saturday in Austria
January 11, 2017
VAIL — Lindsey Vonn announced Wednesday that she will make her return from injury this weekend at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in Austria.
A downhill is scheduled for Saturday.
"Words cannot describe how excited I am to be returning to the slopes this week,” Vonn told Eurosport. “It's been a tough three months with over 300 hours of rehabilitation but being able to go fast and compete again makes all of the hard work with it.”
Vonn said on Facebook that she woke up from surgery with no function in her hand.
“I worked closely with my friend and physical therapist Lindsay Winninger and Patrick Rottenhofer every day to slowly regain my motor function,” she said. “Today I am still struggling to do simple things like put on my ski glove and do my hair, but I’m at a point where I am comfortable with my hand in most situations.”
The 32-year-old called this the hardest recovery of her career.
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“After my 8 week checkup with Dr. Hackett, my bone showed significant healing and I was given the green light to start training and if I was comfortable, start racing,” she said.
Vonn left Vail for Europe last weekend after training here for several days.
The Vail resident suffered an arm fracture Nov. 10 while training at Copper Mountain.
She had surgery in Vail following the accident.
Vonn has 76 World Cup wins. Her last World Cup race was Feb. 28. She crashed in a super-G in February in Andorra, fracturing her knee. She raced a combined the next day, but then announced that her season was over.
— Eurosport (@Eurosport) January 11, 2017