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.