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Recently-retired American skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn announced on Monday evening that she underwent surgery to repair her left LCL that was torn in a training crash last fall at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Vonn also received a lateral meniscectomy, peroneal nerve neurolysis, and chondroplasty to her left knee.


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⚠️Warning if you don’t like the sight of blood don’t swipe right!⚠️ But here’s the scoop…when I crashed this past November I completely tore my LCL (lateral collateral ligament) also known as the FCL. Obviously skiing with a brace this season didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I was waiting to have surgery because I had obligations, such as my fundraiser for my foundation and I didn’t want to let anyone down. So yesterday was a great day for surgery. Thank you to Dr. LaPrade and the staff at the Steadman clinic for taking such good care of me as always. Medical terms of what I had done-Lcl reconstruction, Lateral meniscectomy, chondroplasty and peroneal nerve neurolysis. 👩‍⚕️ call me Dr Vonn 😜

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the 34 year old American sat out the first half of the 2019 World Cup season after crashing last November and returned to the World Cup in Cortina, Italy, in January where she finished ninth and 15th in the two downhills contested. Vonn then sat out the next World Cup series in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to further rest her knee before announcing her retirement after the 2019 World Championships in Are, Sweden, in February.

In her final race as a professional skier, Vonn won bronze in the downhill at World Championships.

“Surgery was a success don’t worry guys everything is great,” Vonn shared in a social media post on Monday evening.

Vonn initially claimed that she would not need surgery after crashing in Copper but did not announce the severity of the injuries to her knee.

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Sean Higgins
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- A Lake Tahoe native and University of Vermont graduate, Higgins was a member of the Catamounts' 2012 NCAA title winning squad and earned first team All-American honors in 2013. Prior to coming to Ski Racing Media, he coached U14s for the Squaw Valley Ski Team.
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