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Lindsey Vonn dumps brace; says she’ll be skiing by September

May 3, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

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Vancouver downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn has apparently “dumped” her knee brace and said Thursday that she’ll be back on the slopes in by late summer, giving her plenty of time to train for the Alpine season and Sochi in February.

“I’m still in rehab, things are going really well. The knee is coming along quite nicely. But I should start skiing in September and everything’s right on track for the Olympics in February…” Vonn told E! at the Delete Blood Cancer Gala in New York.

“I just dumped the brace. This is my first trip without the brace, so I’m really excited. But, unfortunately my doctor wants me to ski with it for a while, so still gonna be difficult. I can’t get rid of it entirely, unfortunately.”

Vonn, who was spotted in her brace in the galleries of the Masters last month, was without boyfriend and world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods at the gala for an obvious reason: “He’s practicing.”

  1. mogogo1 - May 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Continue to be amazed by how far they’ve come with these knee surgeries. Her injury just occurred 3 months ago and she’s already ditched the brace, and she’s targeting to be skiing again 7 months after the accident. I know for her to have a shot at being ready for the Olympics, she probably needs that sort of timeline, but that is awfully soon after that major an injury to be back at it. I wish her well.

    • florida727 - May 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      I wish her well too but at the same time I’m guessing that part of her rehab includes using the same doctor that Tiger did when rehabbing his injury… the guy who uses questionable blood transfusions to aid the healing process. I know plenty of athletes that have had these kind of injuries and nobody, emphasis on NOBODY, recovers that fast naturally. I’ll root for her because she’s an American. I’d like to believe it’s all hard work and dedication bringing her back this quickly. But I stopped being that naive a long time ago.

      • mogogo1 - May 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        I hear you. Hard to reach that high a level without some help. But that aside, it bothers me how miraculously fast comebacks are becoming the expectation. If she isn’t back out there by September, or if RG3 isn’t starting the first game, it’ll be treated like they’d experienced some huge setback. It’s only a matter of time before we see a horrific re-injury because somebody tried coming back way too soon. Sure, there are exceptions where certain people rehab in record time, like Adrian Peterson last year, but that’s not the norm and never will be.

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