Lindsey Vonn’s Comeback Trail: The Psyche of an Injured Athlete

10th January 2014 | Stephen Duncan

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Lindsey Vonn, Lake Louise 2012 - ©Agence Zoom

Lindsey Vonn, Lake Louise 2012
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Lindsey Vonn, Lake Louise 2012 - ©Agence Zoom
Lindsey Vonn - ©Alain Grosclaude/AGENCE ZOOM

Lindsey Vonn
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Lindsey Vonn - ©Alain Grosclaude/AGENCE ZOOM
Lindsey Vonn was airlifted off the mountain after a serious crash at the World Alpine Championships in Austria. - ©Hand Klaus Techt / APA

Lindsey Vonn was airlifted off the mountain after a serious crash at the World Alpine Championships in Austria.
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Lindsey Vonn was airlifted off the mountain after a serious crash at the World Alpine Championships in Austria. - ©Hand Klaus Techt / APA
Lindsey Vonn - ©HEAD

Lindsey Vonn
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Lindsey Vonn - ©HEAD
Lindsey Vonn - ©HEAD

Lindsey Vonn
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Lindsey Vonn - ©HEAD
Hometown Hero / Lindsey Vonn: Lindsey Vonn has done more for U.S. ski racing than anyone. It’s not just the results, which are the best ever for a U.S. Ski Team member, but her dedication to being a role model. Vonn approaches her endeavors with class and commitment, including a year-round fitness and training regimen that has no equal. She’s come full circle with Vail during her career, moving from Minnesota to the valley as a teen to train with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, then returning after a hiatus to become a part-time resident and ambassador for Vail Resorts. She’s mobbed by thousands of kids and fans when making public appearances in Vail, and she believes that setting a good example is her most important responsibility. She stared down immense pressure to win gold in Vancouver, rebounded from a broken marriage to set World Cup records last season, and also found time to launch a Vail instruction program (Ski Girls Rock) designed to give the next generation the opportunity to break her records.

Hometown Hero / Lindsey Vonn: Lindsey Vonn has done more for U.S. ski racing than anyone. It’s not just the results, which are the best ever for a U.S. Ski Team member, but her dedication to being a role model. Vonn approaches her endeavors with class and commitment, including a year-round fitness and training regimen that has no equal. She’s come full circle with Vail during her career, moving from Minnesota to the valley as a teen to train with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, then returning after a hiatus to become a part-time resident and ambassador for Vail Resorts. She’s mobbed by thousands of kids and fans when making public appearances in Vail, and she believes that setting a good example is her most important responsibility. She stared down immense pressure to win gold in Vancouver, rebounded from a broken marriage to set World Cup records last season, and also found time to launch a Vail instruction program (Ski Girls Rock) designed to give the next generation the opportunity to break her records.

Hometown Hero / Lindsey Vonn: Lindsey Vonn has done more for U.S. ski racing than anyone. It’s not just the results, which are the best ever for a U.S. Ski Team member, but her dedication to being a role model. Vonn approaches her endeavors with class and commitment, including a year-round fitness and training regimen that has no equal. She’s come full circle with Vail during her career, moving from Minnesota to the valley as a teen to train with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, then returning after a hiatus to become a part-time resident and ambassador for Vail Resorts. She’s mobbed by thousands of kids and fans when making public appearances in Vail, and she believes that setting a good example is her most important responsibility. She stared down immense pressure to win gold in Vancouver, rebounded from a broken marriage to set World Cup records last season, and also found time to launch a Vail instruction program (Ski Girls Rock) designed to give the next generation the opportunity to break her records.

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