Lind­sey breaks arm in train­ing

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Bat­tered once more by in­jury, Lind­sey Vonn be­gins what has be­come an all­too-fa­mil­iar cy­cle of re­cov­ery and re­hab. The four-time over­all World Cup cham­pion broke her arm dur­ing a crash while train­ing in Colorado. She said on Face­book the wipe­out happened at Cop­per Moun­tain on Thurs­day and she had surgery that night in nearby Vail to fix the bone in her up­per arm that was “se­verely frac­tured.” Vonn posted X-ray pic­tures of her right arm on so­cial me­dia . On her Twit­ter ac­count, Vonn wrote: “I don’t know why these things hap­pen to me but I know I am a fighter and I refuse to let it bring me down! I will never give up!” Late last Fe­bru­ary, Vonn sus­tained three sig­nif­i­cant breaks near her knee joint dur­ing a su­per-G crash in An­dorra.

She tried to ski through the pain - she was in con­tention for the World Cup over­all ti­tle only to end her sea­son a few days later. She was think­ing long term - to­ward the 2017 world cham­pi­onships in St. Moritz, Switzer­land, and the 2018 Win­ter Olympics in South Korea. The 32-year-old Vonn has been steadily heal­ing and was ten­ta­tively hop­ing to be back for the World Cup races in Lake Louise, Al­berta, in early De­cem­ber. Now, there’s no timetable for her re­turn to the start gate. “While I am be­yond frus­trated by this lat­est set­back, at least my knees are OK and I will re­turn to the slopes as soon as pos­si­ble, as I al­ways do!” Vonn posted on Face­book. Over the years, Vonn’s list of ail­ments has con­tin­ued to pile up. She hurt her knee in train­ing and missed two races at the 2007 worlds. She also raced with a se­verely bruised shin at the 2010 Van­cou­ver Olympics when she won the down­hill. But she couldn’t de­fend her crown four years later in Sochi be­cause of a se­ri­ous knee in­jury. She broke her left an­kle in New Zealand dur­ing train­ing camp be­fore last sea­son. In Novem­ber 2015, Vonn needed stitches in her right thumb af­ter try­ing to break up a fight be­tween her dogs over a Fris­bee.

Through all the ad­ver­sity, Vonn be­came the win­ningest fe­male World Cup racer with 76 vic­to­ries. She has closed the gap on the ca­reer mark of 86 vic­to­ries by Inge­mar Sten­mark of Swe­den.

This fall, Vonn has made the rounds pro­mot­ing her new book, “Strong is the New Beau­ti­ful,” which pro­vides tips in such ar­eas as strength, fit­ness, food and at­ti­tude. — AP

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