Healthier Me: Local Surgeon Talks About Lindsey Vonn's Tough Decision
The Sochi Olympics will be without one of the best-known winter sports athletes in the world. As you no doubt heard, downhill skier Lindsey Vonn pulled out of the Olympic action -- just a month before the games are set to start.
Despite her legendary toughness, Lindsey Vonn posted on her Facebook that she did "everything possible to get strong enough" to overcome having no acl, but eventually realized that her knee was just too unstable to compete at that level.
Sanford Health Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Mark Lundeen understands how hard Vonn's decision must have been. Dr. Lundeen worked with the U.S. Ski Team for 20 years. He was even at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
He says ACL injuries are very common among these elite athletes, but the difference between those athletes and the average person is their dedication to rehab. They are able to dedicate their entire day seven days a week to healing and rehab. But, even with that, even the best sometimes have to know when to say when.
Dr. Lundeen says a lot of focus is on Vonn's ACL, but what actually holds many of these elite athletes back is the combined injuries or other things that were injured along with the ACL. He says Vonn has access to the best medical team and together they will be able to decide what direction to go in the future.
Vonn will be 33 during the 2018 winter Olympics. She has said she wants to compete until the 2015 World Championships in Colorado, but last summer she admitted that she had been thinking about 2018.
(Hear more from Dr. Lundeen on Valley News Live 10 at 10)