Vonn: I'll Be Back in Time for Olympics

But injury has her out for the rest of this season

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 6, 2013 11:35 AM CST

(Newser) – Despite the fact that Lindsey Vonn was airlifted out of a race yesterday after suffering a major knee injury, the US Ski and Snowboard Association expects her to recover in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Over at the Los Angeles Times, Chris Dufresne is skeptical, speculating that the skier could perhaps be "an official greeter in a walking cast" at the Games, but he goes on to note that you can't really doubt Vonn: She "may have movie star looks but she’s also tougher than a $1 steak and one of the most competitive athletes I have ever covered," he writes.

That said, the injury is serious: She suffered ACL and MCL tears in her right knee and a break in her shinbone, and will be out for the rest of the season. People reports that, in a statement to the Today show, Vonn said she will have surgeries "soon" and promised to "work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi." No word on whether Tiger Woods is by her side.

In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, US ski racer Lindsey Vonn attends a press conference in Schladming, Austria.
In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, US ski racer Lindsey Vonn attends a press conference in Schladming, Austria.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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