Lindsey Vonn announced, Wednesday, that she’s ending her ski season early after injuring her left knee in a crash during a super-G race in Andorra, Europe, on Saturday.
Initial x-rays showed that Vonn had a hairline fracture on the tibial plateau. Not posing a significant threat, she competed in the super combined the next day. She then had further x-rays revealed two additional fractures along her knee, so she decided to hang up her race skis for the season.
“Further damage [to] any of the fragments could result in a serious injury that would risk my future in ski racing,” Vonn says in a Facebook post.
After inclement weather delayed Saturday’s race for more than three hours, Vonn went down near the end of her run, and left the course in a rescue sled.
Vonn, 31, has an extensive history with injuries, including tearing both an ACL and an MCL, and a fracturing her tibial plateau (all on her right knee) in 2013. A broken ankle also kept her from competing in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
Before Saturday’s injury, Vonn led the overall World Cup standings, 23 points ahead of Lara Gut.
“Because I am currently leading the Overall World Cup standings, this is one of the toughest decisions of my career,” she says.
However, Vonn says she doesn’t want to take the risk of any further injury as she looks toward next year’s World Championships in St. Moritz and the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Vonn expects to be back for the 2016-17 season, highlighted by a Thanksgiving weekend World Cup in Killington, VT and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, CO.