February 10, 2009

Vonn has surgery on thumb

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn is expected to race in this week's FIA Alpine Ski World Championships in France despite undergoing thumb surgery.

Vonn injured her right thumb Monday while opening a bottle of champagne at a victory celebration. She underwent surgery Tuesday in Austria to repair a tendon.

The U.S. Ski Team medical director said the surgery went fine and Vonn should be ready to compete in the slalom Saturday and perhaps Thursday's giant slalom. Vonn will be in the splint but should be able to grasp her ski pole.

Everything went really well and I couldn't be more thankful for the care that I've received, said Vonn, who has captured gold medals in super-G and downhill in Val d'Isere, France. The support from my fans has been awesome. I'm looking forward to returning to Worlds and challenging for another medal.