Lindsey Vonn underwent surgery Sunday to repair two ligaments she tore in a horrific crash in the world championships last week in Austria. Now she can get down to rehab — while those Tiger Woods rumors fly.
Dr. William Sterett, a physician for the U.S. ski team, performed the surgery at the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Vail, Colo., and said, as surgeons usually do, that he anticipated a full recovery for Vonn.
“The overall success rate for ACL-MCL [anterior cruciate ligament-medial collateral ligament] surgery is very good,” Sterret, a surgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, said (via the Associated Press). “Modern surgical techniques combined with aggressive rehabilitation will help Lindsey make a full recovery.
“She will do everything in her power to return as quickly as possible to competitive skiing.”
Vonn, the defending Olympic downhill champion, also broke a bone in her lower leg in the Super-G race in Schladming and faces a tight timetable for her recovery, with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympcs only a year away.
Vonn isn’t likely to be out of the headlines while she recovers. She left Austria for Colorado on a private jet that reportedly belongs to Tiger Woods, with whom she’s been linked romantically. Vonn, whose divorce became final last month, issued a statement in an effort to head off questions at the world championships.
“Lindsey is currently in the midst of the World Cup season in Europe,” the statement read. “Her focus is solely on competing and on defending her titles and thus she will not participate in any speculation surrounding her personal life at this time.”
Woods says only that he refuses to answer questions about his private life.