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Upbeat Lindsey Vonn shares post-op recovery photo on Facebook

February 12, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Skier Lindsey Vonn posted this photo of herself recovering from knee surgery Monday on Facebook.
Skier Lindsey Vonn posted this photo of herself recovering from knee surgery… (Instagram photo via Facebook )

Skier Lindsey Vonn looks tired but upbeat in a photo she posted on Facebook the day after undergoing surgery to repair two torn ligaments in her knee.

"Success! Surgery went very well yesterday and I'm recovering at home in vail with my family," she wrote in the post. "I want to sincerely thank everyone for their well wishes these last few days. It's going to be a long and hard road back but I will be back!! Xoxo"

The four-time overall World Cup champion is out for the rest of this season but has her sights set on returning in time for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, if not sooner.

Dr. Bill Sterett, who performed the procedure Sunday, thinks Vonn might even be back on the slopes in time for the start of World Cup season in November.

“But there are a lot of hurdles you can have between now and then,” Sterett said. “Everybody's goals are that. That's what she's got her focus on.”

He added: “In all honesty, the first few months will be me trying to pull the reins back on Lindsey [rather] than having to push her, in terms of therapy. But I can't emphasize enough how upbeat she's been through all of this. She's very goal-oriented. She's got her sights set on these next two years.”

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