Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, whose crash during the super-G in the world championships in Schladming, Austria, left her knee in shambles two weeks ago, has no doubt she’ll be able to recover in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“Right now my goal is to be back for 2014 in Sochi,” Vonn said in an interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show Monday. “I have plenty of time to get ready for Sochi.”
Vonn suffered a torn MCL and ACL, and a hairline bone fracture in her right knee. Considering many athletes take at least a year to fully recover from a torn ACL, one wonders if she really does have enough time to recover.
Picking up on that theme, Lauer asked: “Do you really [have time]? To hear you say that, it doesn’t seem like a lot of time [to] me. It’s a lot of time for Sochi, but you can’t just show up in Sochi and say I’m ready to ski again.”
“Says who?” Vonn responded.
“When will you have to get back on the slopes so you can be ready?” Lauer asked.
“Honestly, in the worst-case scenario, if I trained a week before the Games, I would be fine,” Vonn said.
Lauer told his audience that that sounded a little optimistic, adding that Vonn hopes to get back on skis in November and race in December.
Vonn also touches on her divorce and battle with depression in the interview you can see here. It also shows her crash, and very cool crutches:
Photo of Lindsey Vonn’s right knee held together with a screw is courtesy of Vonn’s Facebook page.