U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s Tom Kelly tells NBC that Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is resting comfortably back in the U.S. after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL and a fractured lateral tibial plateau, which were all suffered during an accident in Austria last Tuesday.
Dr. Bill Sterett, the head physician for the U.S. women’s Alpine Ski Team, said it was too early to make a specific prognosis on her recovery. But added that “modern surgical techniques combined with aggressive rehabilitation will help Lindsey make a full recovery. She will do everything in her power to return as quickly as possible to competitive skiing.”
The four time world cup champion crashed after a hard landing in the super-G world championship during “extreme” weather conditions that delayed the race for more than three hours. She was treated on the mountain for more then ten minutes, then airlifted to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Pictured here prior to Sunday’s surgery, Vonn’s agent said that the skier “is excited to be back in the US. She’s both humbled and motivated by the tremendous amount of support she’s been receiving from everyone.”
Vonn expects to recover in time for the World Cup season next fall, and for the winter Olympics next February in Sochi Russia, where she’ll look to defend her downhill gold medal from Vancouver. That wouldn’t be uncommon. Picabo Street returned from reconstructive surgery to win an Olympic gold medal in 1998 at Nagano, Japan.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.