American Lindsey Vonn willed her way through a World Cup skiing event in Andorra on Sunday despite dealing with a knee injury, but rival Lara Gut was left unimpressed by her biggest competition.
According to Dan Quarrell of Eurosport, the 24-year-old Swiss skier accused Vonn of being overly dramatic in an interview with ZDF in Germany (h/t Swiss outlet Blick): "She always makes theater. It is not the first time and will not be the last time."
As seen in this video, courtesy of HorsPiste on Twitter, Vonn was part of a scary crash Saturday during a super-G run:
She later revealed on Instagram she had a hairline fracture in her left knee:
Got caught in the soft snow today and crashed pretty hard. X-rays showed I have a hairline fracture in my left knee and will get an MRI Monday. I will wait and see how I feel tomorrow to decide if I can race. Will keep u updated. Thx for all of the support and well wishes. Means a lot! Also congrats to my teammate @lalalaurenne on 2nd place today!
The 31-year-old former Olympic gold medalist left the door open for competing Sunday despite the nature of her ailment, and she did precisely that, finishing 13th and preserving her World Cup lead of 28 points over Gut.
Following the gutsy performance, Vonn had this to say on Twitter:
No one can ever call me a whimp. #allheart— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 28, 2016
Vonn has been ravaged by injuries in recent years, with the most significant being a severe injury to her right knee, which forced her to miss the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The all-time record holder for World Cup downhill victories has bounced back in a big way, but staying healthy has proven to be a major obstacle.
That didn't stop her from competing in Andorra, however, the door could be open for Gut to make a run at her first career, all-around World Cup title.
Gut's comments may very well be a form of gamesmanship meant to get inside the head of the ailing Vonn, but the fact that Vonn fought through a knee fracture suggests her mental toughness may be unflappable.
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