American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, current World Cup leader announced that she has decided to end her season due to three fractures in her knee.
In an Instagram post, Vonn revealed that a crash Saturday in Andorra resulted in more serious injuries than first believed. She crashed Saturday in Andorra during a super-G race and was taken off the mountain by rescue sled. The original x-rays revealed a hairline fracture in her left knee and Vonn raced the next day. On Sunday she placed 13th and then went to Barcelona for an MRI and CT scan which showed that she had three fractures in her tibial plateau.
Today I am making the difficult decision to end my season and leave the World Cup circuit due to an injury I suffered last Saturday. Because I am currently leading the Overall World Cup standings, this is one of the toughest decisions of my career. When I crashed on Saturday in Andorra, I fractured my tibial plateau. The traditional X-rays that were taken that afternoon showed a hairline fracture, but the tibial plateau appeared to be stable and did not pose significant risk to competing. So I raced on Sunday. After the Super Combined on Sunday, I went to Barcelona where more precise MRI and CT equipment was available and scans were performed on Tuesday morning. Those images showed that there was not just 1 hairline fracture, but in fact 3. And the fractures are not hairline, but instead they are significant enough that they are not sufficiently stable to permit me to safely continue skiing. Further damage any of the fragments could result in a serious surgery that would risk my future in ski racing. With the World Championships in St. Moritz next year and the Winter Olympics in South Korea the following year, I cannot take that risk. So I have made the decision to end my season. I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish this year: 9 World Cup victories, breaking the World Cup downhill win record, breaking the World Cup Super G podium record, and winning the most World Cup discipline titles–20–of any skier, male or female. While I am confident that I'm making the right decision, it still doesn't make this decision any easier. Thanks to everyone who supported me and stood by me through it all. Best of luck to all the World Cup competitors. I'll see you again next year. Xo LV
Lindsey Vonn called the decision to end her season “one of the toughest decisions of my career” but said she didn’t want to risk missing future marquee events.
“With the world championships in St. Moritz next year and the Winter Olympics in South Korea the following year, I cannot take that risk,” she said.
Vonn is an Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Champion. She has won nine races this season and leads the overall World Cup standings with eight races to go.