Despite partially torn ACL, Lindsey Vonn could return in two weeks

Friday November 22nd, 2013

Lindsey Vonn says her knee is healthy and she return to return to skiing. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images) Lindsey Vonn partially tore her right ACL in a crash this week. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from a World Cup race in Beaver Creek, Colo., because of the partial tear in her reconstructed right ACL, but the defending Olympic downhill champion could be ready to compete in two weeks at Lake Louise, Canada, as she continues to prepare for the 2014 Olympics.

Orthopedic surgeon Bill Sterett said in a statement from Vonn's publicist that the 29-year-old continues to improve from her recent crash.

"Lindsey is recovering very quickly from abrasions to her face and contusions to her shoulder blade," Sterett said. "Beyond that, she has a stable knee with an MRI finding of a partial tear of her ACL graft. With therapy, she is progressing very well while not losing any of the strength she worked so hard to achieve."

The Nov. 29 event at Beaver Creek would have been Vonn's first competition since Sterett put her knee back together last Feb. 10 following the Feb. 5 crash at the World Championships that ruptured her ACL, tore her MCL and caused a fracture of the tibial plateau.

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