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Source: USA TODAY
A few days ago Tiger Woods put away his clubs and boarded a flight to Val d’Isere, France, to support girlfriend Lindsey Vonn in her preparation for Sochi.
After Vonn skied out on her run midway through Saturday’s downhill race, TV cameras showed Woods wince near the finish line. After she missed the gate, she paused on the side of the slope, leaned over in apparent pain and then skied to the finish.
“I didn’t hurt myself more than I’m already hurt,” Vonn told reporters afterwards. “It was a small compression, and it was fully loaded on the right ski. I had no chance of making that gate, unfortunately. I’m going to stick to a similar plan that I was on before. I just need to be more careful of how many races I do. So I’m going to play it safe and race really minimal races. Probably one or two before the Olympics.”
After the race, Vonn explained that her knee gave out. When asked if she’s suffering, she explained, her voice quivering, “I have no ACL. I guess I am suffering a bit, I’m trying to get through this season. It’s definitely tough.”
Previously, Vonn’s injury has been termed a “partial tear.” But her comments on Saturday seem to indicate the tear is more severe.
Val d’ Isere is Vonn’s second World Cup stop since tearing the ACL and medial collateral ligament in her knee last February and then partially tearing the same ACL last month.
Vonn has said that Woods has helped her stay positive and his familiarity with the pain and rehab process has been helpful. “Sometimes I get panicky and worried (when a movement didn’t feel right) and he’s like, ‘Calm down you’re fine,’” Vonn told USA TODAY Sports before the season started.
Woods echoed that sentiment on his blog on Thursday. “Having experienced reconstructive surgery on my knee and the ensuing rehab, and the amount of pain associated with it, it’s really hard to explain to anybody unless you’ve been through it. And then coming back on it athletically, to trust that it’s going to be there, that’s a whole different ballgame. I’ve had my share of experiences in that regard — unfortunately — but I think it helps her in a sense because she can bounce ideas off me about what to expect. It is a frustrating process and really difficult to go through,” he wrote.
“We see our sports through the same looking glass in how we approach them. We both work very hard and are prepared for our seasons. And when we’re ready to go, we give it everything we possibly have and there’s no holding back. I think that’s some of our commonalities. But she has to be way more aggressive in her sport than I have to be in mine. You’re trying to make your way down a mountain at 80-plus mph, and you have to have the adrenaline and the aggressiveness to do it. … As far as Lindsey competing in Sochi, we’re very hopeful. It all depends on how that knee is.”
It was another rough weekend for the U.S. women’s speed team. Leanne Smith was the highest American finisher with a tie for 14th on the bumpy course. Julia Mancuso was 21st. Four of the eight racers bounced off course were Americans – Vonn, Stacey Cook, Laurenne Ross and Julia Ford. Alice McKennis, in her first World Cup start since injuring her knee last March, was 43rd.
“They were going and they were charging. They wanted to make a statement,” U.S. coach Alex Hoedlmoser said. “Today those girls were in the hunt again, Stacey, Laurenne and Leanne all the way until the bottom part. So the skiing was there and the splits were there sometimes. Stacey, Leanne and Laurenne after a minute were actually faster or as fast as the winner. At least we have speed. Now we just have to bring it all down the hill to the finish.”
Swiss Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden won for the first World Cup victory of her career. Reigning overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia was second ahead of Austrian Cornelia Huetter.
Sunday’s giant slalom features U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin.