Lindsey Vonn has shared photos of her injured leg post-surgery just days after her horrific fall while competing in the Alpine Ski World Championships on the slopes in Austria last Tuesday.
The champion skier tore her ACL and MCL in her right knee, as well as a broken bone, which she showed in a post-surgery photo this past Friday, still swollen and bruised but apparently on the mend.
Vonn said alongside the photos shared on Facebook Twitter, and Instagram, “My knee looks...um...not very good.... #longskirtsthissummer #ugh.”
But the skier seems to be taking it all in stride; having undergone surgery on the Sunday after her fall and announcing on Facebook that the operation was successful, she returned to her home in Vail, Colo., to begin her recovery, according to the Daily Mail.
She has also posted two other post-surgery photos -- one of her surrounded by family, with her leg still encased in a large cast, and another of her doing rehabilitation exercises with a medicine ball. With Red Bull as her sponsor, Vonn trained next to a bottle of the energy drink, and the photo caption reads “Not letting obstacles stand in your way #givesyouwings.” Von added, “When you fall, get back up!!”
Vonn has received an outpouring of support from friends and fans, wishing her a speeding recovery; her photos have accumulated thousands of likes and shares.
Dr. Bill Sterett, the physician for the U.S. Ski Team that performed Vonn’s surgery, also confirmed that it was a success and said that it is currently too early to issue a specific prognosis.
“The overall success rate for ACL/MCL surgery is very good. Modern surgical techniques combined with aggressive rehabilitation will help Lindsey make a full recovery,” Sterett said in a statement. “She will do everything in her power to return as quickly as possible to competitive skiing.”
Sterrett, who is also a surgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, went on to say that Vonn’s doctors expect she will be out of commission for up to eight months.
Despite the length of time, the Mail suggests that the skier would still have ample time to prepare for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in February of next year, where she would defend her Olympic downhill title from the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.