In a teleconference call with journalists on Friday, Lindsey Vonn voiced her concern about safety during championship races after injuring her knee on February 5th in Austria’s World Alpine Championship race. Vonn told reporters that race jury members should be more mindful of athletes’ safety at major championships.
Vonn went on to say that she doesn’t think the jury made the right call to begin the race, after the slope was engulfed by fog and delayed the start. For hours, skiers waited for the fog to lift and conditions to improve.
“I skied aggressively, but when I was skiing, I couldn’t believe the conditions. The snow was too soft. It had broken down. I didn’t think it was safe”, Vonn told reporters.
Vonn’s mishap came when she lunged into a jump and flew farther than any other skier that day. But, her right foot landed in a pile of snow which buckled her knee instantly.
While Vonn was lying in the snow waiting for rescue teams, she actually phoned her coach, Alex Hoedlmoser and told him to stop the race because conditions were not safe. Hoedlmoser was one of the race jurors.
Lindsey Vonn had knee surgery on February 10th by Dr. Bill Sterett, the head physician for the US women’s alpine team. She’s recovering well and plans to be back on the slopes by November of this year. That will give her time to get back into shape for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Vonn won the first ever gold medal for women’s downhill in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
References: USA Today