Vonn to Skip Lake Louise World Cup Due to Injury
Olympic champion and winningest female alpine ski racer, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.), crashed while training super-G Monday at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, Colorado. She was immediately transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
“Yesterday I crashed training Super-G and hurt my knee. The good news; I do NOT need surgery. The bad news; I won’t be able to race in Lake Louise. Lake Louise has always been my favorite stop on the World Cup tour and I am devastated to not be coming this year. Don’t worry though, I am down but I am NOT out!! #nevergiveup"
Vonn has won so many times—18 to be exact—at the Canadian venue that they've nicknamed it "Lake Lindsey." She is also attempting to break the Swede Ingemar Stenmark's once-elusive record of 86 World Cup victories before she retires at the end of the 2018-19 season. With 82 World Cup victories to her name, Vonn announced in mid-October this would be her final season whether or not she breaks Stenmark's record.
"If I get it [the record] that would be a dream come true," Vonn said during a small business event in New York in October. "If I don't, I think I've had an incredibly successful career no matter what. I'm still the all-time winningest female skier."
When healthy, Vonn has averaged about seven victories per season. Last season, Vonn grabbed five World Cup victories, despite the fact that she struggled to find her timing again after an early season crash on one of her favorite tracks in Lake Louise.
More information will be forthcoming. Make sure to stay tuned to Vonn's Instagram for further details.