Lindsey Vonn has been released from a hospital in Austria and will return to the U.S. for reconstructive surgery on her right knee next week.
Vonn, who tore her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture on a frightening crash in a Super-G race Tuesday, said in a statement:
“First off I want to say thank you to the amazing medical staff that cared for me. I plan on returning to Vail as soon as I can to have the necessary surgeries.
“I am also grateful to my fans for the the outpouring of support, which has really helped me stay positive. I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in [the] Sochi [Winter Olympics].”
William Sterett, a U.S. Ski Team doctor, said Vonn would return to her Vail, Colo., home, and would have surgery in Colorado.
“She’ll be heading back to Vail and I will be doing surgery on her knee early next week,” Sterett told the Associated Press.
It is “always a possibility,” Sterett said, that multiple surgeries may be required, in reference to Vonn’s use of the plural word.
The fracture “adds a lot of unpredictability,” Dr. Leon Popovitz, an orthopedist who is a co-founder of the New York Bone and Joint Specialists, told the Post’s Barry Svrluga. However Sterett said that it is likely to be left to heal non-surgically. “It just needs to be non-weight on crutches,” he said.
Sterett described Vonn as “a little banged up, and sore everywhere” from the tumble she took when her knee gave way as she landed a jump on her Super-G run in Schladming.
“She’s in good spirits and upbeat,” Sterett said. “She’s intently focusing on the next step and the next step now is getting from point A to point B, with point B being next season. She’s determined and upbeat.”