On Wednesday, January 23rd, Lindsey Vonn took to Instagram to explain what exactly happened in her comeback race in Cortina. After her first training run, Vonn took a hit that affected a nerve in her right knee, the knee that she had been tirelessly working to rehabilitate and prep since a training injury to her tendons sidelined her during the early season. This nerve slowly but surely caused her muscle to shut down as Vonn attempted to race each day, until she was in too much pain to continue.
In December, Vonn reinjured her right knee in training while at Beaver Creek, which prevented her from returning to her favorite venue, Lake Louise. Devastated to hear the news, she vowed to return next season specifically for that race, hopefully after finishing out the 2018/19 having gained four more wins and new ski racing record. Now, the future is unclear.
After she DNF’d in Cortina, Vonn told the press that she may not be able to continue because her body may no longer be able to perform and/or handle the impact of performance. Her most recent Instagram update does not clearly indicate a date of return if she does decide to return. For now, she will miss the first training run for Garmisch, and continue to take it day by day, remaining hopeful that there is still some chance she can finish her career the way she had hoped.
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After a lot of physical therapy and time to clearly think things through, we have come to some conclusions about my knee. First, we discovered the reason I had so much pain and muscle shut down in Cortina was due to an impact injury to my peroneal nerve. This most likely came from the final jump on the first training run in Cortina, but it’s hard to know for sure. After that training run, the pain got progressively worse each day and by Sunday my lower leg was in a lot of pain and my muscles had completely shut down. Now that we know the problem the next issue is fixing it. So far we haven’t found a solution and as a result I will not be able to compete in tomorrow’s downhill training run. However, since this is a new “injury” per say, I remain hopeful that we can fix it. I’m taking things day by day and we will see what happens. I know that I might not get the ending to my career that I had hoped for, but if there is a chance, I will take it. Thanks for all of the support you have shown me, it helps keep me going. ❤️🙏🏻