Lindsey Vonn suffered a severely fractured humerus bone in her right arm in a training crash in Copper Mountain, Colo., and had surgery on Thursday.
“While I am beyond frustrated by this latest setback, at least my knees are ok and I will return to the slopes as soon as possible,” was posted on Vonn’s social media.
It’s unknown how long Vonn will be out, but her ski technician said she hopes to be back at the end of January, before the world championships in February, according to Austrian broadcaster ORF.
This adds to Vonn’s already extensive injury history.
The 2010 Olympic downhill champion was expected to make her 2016-17 World Cup season debut either in two weeks in a giant slalom in Killington, Vt., or in three weeks at her favorite course in Lake Louise, Alberta, for two downhills and one super-G.
Even if healthy, Vonn was considered uncertain for Killington given she is focusing on the speed events of downhill and super-G this season.
Her goal is to close in on the record for World Cup victories of 86 held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.
Vonn is at 76 wins after last season, when she suffered three left knee fractures in a Feb. 27 super-G crash in Andorra, ending her campaign three weeks early.
There are 15 combined downhills and super-Gs on the World Cup schedule this season. Vonn won eight races two seasons ago and nine races last season. Obviously, any missed races due to the broken arm increase the chances her pursuit of Stenmark will last into the Olympic season.Follow @nzaccardi