Lindsey Vonn had no function in her right hand when she woke up from broken arm surgery in November, and she still is not at 100 percent use, according to her social media.
“Today I am still struggling to do simple things like put on my ski glove and do my hair, but I’m at a point where I am comfortable with my hand in most situations,” was posted on Vonn’s accounts with a video chronicling her rehab (see below).
The 2010 Olympic downhill champion crashed while training Nov. 10, breaking the humerus bone in her right arm. She called it “by far the most painful injury” during an injury-riddled career.
Vonn plans to race for the first time since Feb. 28 in a World Cup downhill in Austria on Saturday (5:15 a.m. ET, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app; 3 p.m. ET, NBC).
She’s also coming back from a Feb. 27 race crash that caused three large fractures in her left knee.
Vonn’s goal this season is to earn more World Cup wins to close in on the career record of 86 victories held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.
Vonn is at 76 wins with exactly 10 races left this season combined in her best events of downhill and super-G. If Vonn wins at her usual rate when healthy, she would be in line to break Stenmark’s record next season, an Olympic season.Follow @nzaccardi
I am beyond thrilled that I am announcing my return to racing this weekend! It's been a grueling 9 weeks since my arm surgery with over 300 hours of therapy but all of my hard work is finally paying off!This video I made is very personal. I was very open with all of you regarding the bone fracture in my humerus but what I haven’t mentioned to you is the fact that I also had severe nerve damage.I have thought about whether I should share this information for a long time. In the end, I have opted to tell you because I feel my journey might also give hope to those with similar injuries.As you can see in the video, I woke up from surgery and had no function of my entire hand. I worked closely with my friend and physical therapist Lindsay Winninger and Patrick Rottenhofer every day to slowly regain my motor function. Today I am still struggling to do simple things like put on my ski glove and do my hair, but I'm at a point where I am comfortable with my hand in most situations.This has been the hardest recovery of my career to date but thankfully it has taken less time to heal than my knee injuries. After my 8 week checkup with Dr. Hackett, my bone showed significant healing and I was given the green light to start training and if I was comfortable, start racing.This is just a small piece of my journey back from rehab to racing. During the entire process I documented my progress and was also shadowed by a film crew from Eurosport. Together we captured every high and every low for my new docu-series 'Chasing History'. It will air in February, so you will be able to see my recovery as well as watch me continue to chase history in the future. Thank you for always supporting me no matter what obstacle I face. I have the greatest fans in the world and I am very thankful.And remember, nothing is impossible. If you fall, get back up!XoLv
Posted by Lindsey Vonn on Wednesday, January 11, 2017