Lindsey Vonn suffers partial ACL tear in right knee

Lindsey Vonn suffered a partial tear to the ACL in her right knee from her crash in training, her publicist said Wednesday.

The Olympic skier will rest for a few days and then will "pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment," said a statement released by Lewis Kay, her publicist.

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She tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee and fractured her tibia in a brutal crash in Austria on Feb. 5.

With 78 days until the opening ceremony in Sochi, Vonn will be pushing to get back on skis soon if history is any indication.

Ten days before Vonn was scheduled to compete for the first time since the February crash, she crashed in training at Copper Mountain, Colo., on Tuesday morning. She was evaluated by her doctor, Bill Sterett, in Vail. She also suffered a mild strain in her right knee, minor facial abrasions and a bruised shoulder blade, the statement said.

She had planned to race in a World Cup downhill Nov. 29 at Beaver Creek, near her home in Vail.

Vonn is the defending Olympic champion in the women's downhill and a bronze medalist in 2010 in the super-G. She is the most successful female ski racer in U.S. history with four World Cup overall titles and 59 World Cup victories.

She is one of the biggest stars in Olympic sports. Vonn has sponsorships with Red Bull, Under Armour, Oakley and GoPro among other companies.

A three-time Olympian, Vonn, 29, has said the Olympics were her priority this season. The women's downhill in Sochi is Feb. 12.

"I would love to win as many World Cups as possible but my main focus is definitely on the Olympics," she said before the season. "If I start off slow, it's fine I just want to make sure that by the time I get to Sochi that I'm 100% in those events."

After her knee surgery in February, Vonn has been ahead of schedule in her recovery. She originally expected to be back on skis in November. But she flew to Chile at the end of August and eased back into training on snow.

Vonn has won in all five World Cup disciplines, but coming off the knee surgery she said she planned to compete in the downhill, super-G, giant slalom and super combined. She had trained quite a bit recently in super-G and giant slalom but returned to downhill skis the first week in November.

"I definitely feel like I'm 100% in super-G," she said on Nov. 8 . "Now it's a matter of getting more comfortable with downhill and getting more training days in giant slalom."

Vonn has said boyfriend Tiger Woods has been a constant support during her rehab process, especially since he's gone through it himself for a torn ACL. "He was someone I could always lean on," she said. "He helped me significantly in my return."

The two were on the sidelines of the Denver Broncos game Sunday night.


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