Lindsey Vonn says her right knee bothered her more than she let on this season

In a season she dedicated to her late grandfather who died in November, Lindsey Vonn crashed in the season’s first downhill four weeks later, causing damage to her surgically repaired right knee. Two days later she crashed again in super-G.

She’s still feeling the effects.

“It was difficult coming back from that crash in Lake Louise,” Vonn said Wednesday at a news conference in Are, Sweden, following her victory in the season’s final downhill. “It hurt my knee a lot more than I let on, and I’ve struggled with it, but I fought back and I never gave up. I think my grandfather, of all things this season, would be most proud of that.”

After winning a super-G two weeks after Lake Louise in Val d’Isere, France, Vonn skipped another super-G the next day to rest her knee and head home for the holidays. She won the last four downhills of the season, and with a win Thursday in super-G she would pull within three wins of tying Ingemar Stenmark’s career record of 86.

“We’ve been talking about it in the media for quite some time, so it’s hard not to think about it,” Vonn said. “I’m focused just on trying to win. I feel like, hopefully, I can break the record if I just stay focused on the skiing. This year has been a good year for me in downhill, definitely getting closer and closer to Ingemar as the season has gone on, and we have one more chance tomorrow. That’s my main goal now, for the remainder of my career, to beat Ingemar’s record. I hope to do that before my knee gives out.”

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Source:: The Denver Post

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