Skier Lindsey Vonn's road to the 2018 Winter Olympics hit another speed bump on Thursday as the 30-year-old Saint Paul, Minnesota, native is once again dealing with an injury, this time a "small fracture" in her ankle.
Vonn has characterized it as a "minor setback."
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Vonn Shares Image of Injured Ankle
Monday, Aug. 17
Vonn shared the image on Instagram, revealing the swelling in her ankle after the injury:
Vonn holds the all-time women's record for World Cup victories with 67, and she took gold and bronze in the downhill and super-G, respectively, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The three-time Olympian was expected to be a major player at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, but she was unable to compete after suffering a severe knee injury.
Vonn has bounced back this year to become the downhill and super-G world champion, but she must now overcome another obstacle.
Maria Hofl-Riesch, who is one of Vonn's chief rivals on the slopes but also one of her closest friends, offered words of encouragement:
Although the severity of Vonn's ankle issue is unknown, she has both time and a history of perseverance on her side.
The next Winter Olympics won't take place until 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which means she can take a cautious approach. Also, Vonn has already proved capable of overcoming serious injuries and returning to the pinnacle of skiing.
Vonn has unfinished business after missing the 2014 Olympics, and this latest setback will be a true test.
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