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Lindsey Vonn can't get a break from being injured

There is no questioning Lindsey Vonn's place in the pantheon of skiing's greatest racers. Her fearless aggressiveness on the slopes has earned her more World Cup wins (76) than any other female racer in history. But it has also made her highly prone to getting hurt.

Star skier's recent broken arm among many injuries that have plagued her career

Lindsey Vonn’s fearless aggressiveness on the slopes has earned her more World Cup wins (76) than any other female racer in history. But it has also made her highly prone to getting hurt. (Getty Images/Associated Press)

There is no questioning Lindsey Vonn's place in the pantheon of skiing's greatest racers.

Her fearless aggressiveness on the slopes has earned her more World Cup wins (76) than any other female racer in history. But it has also made her highly prone to getting hurt.

Her latest setback, a broken arm suffered earlier this month, is keeping her out of this week's Lake Louise event, which she has continually dominated. In fact, Vonn's dominance has been so thorough, the event has been affectionally dubbed "Lake Lindsey." 

The American icon is also an Olympic champion and world champion. 

Still, the 32-year-old has had her share of bad breaks.

With over 10 major injuries throughout her career that span over a decade, here's a look at a few that have kept Vonn off her skis for long stretches of time: 

2010 Olympics (finger fracture)

After a disappointing eighth-place finish at the 2006 Olympics due to a severely bruised hip that she incurred in practice, Vonn came into the 2010 Games looking for redemption. She secured a gold medal in the downhill but fog affected her visibility during the giant slalom and she crashed, which resulted in a broken fourth finger.

2011 world championships (concussion)

Vonn suffered a concussion during training one week before the 2011 world championships in Germany. Despite the mental fogginess, she started in two events and achieved a seventh-place finish in the super-G event, and a silver medal in the downhill.

2013 world championships (torn knee ligaments, tibial fracture) 

In one of her most severe injuries, Vonn landed awkwardly during the super-G event at the 2013 world championships in Austria, resulting in a painful season-ending crash. She would have to undergo reconstructive surgery from sustaining two torn ligaments in her right knee and a tibial fracture.

Knee injury forces her out of 2014 Sochi Olympics

After re-injuring her knee twice towards the end of 2013, Vonn decided to cut back on her training in hopes that she could be ready for the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But one month before the opening ceremony, Vonn made a difficult Facebook announcement that she would have to miss the Games due to the ongoing challenges.

2016 World Cup (knee fracture)

After an impressive 2015 comeback year where she finally seemed back on course snagging multiple World Cup wins, Vonn crashed during a super-G at the World Cup in Andorra, sustaining a hair line fracture in her left knee. She was carried away on a rescue sled and taken to hospital. Her efforts to continue at the event went in vain as she had to end her season a few days later. 

Colorado training (broken right arm)

Vonn broke her right arm in a skiing accident at Colorado's Copper Mountain during training, and underwent surgery shortly afterwards to repair her fractured humerus. Despite the disappointment of not being at the World Cup in Lake Louise, Alta., she seems understandably grateful in two Instagram posts that it wasn't another leg injury.  


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