Skier Lindsey Vonn Suffers Back Injury in World Cup Race

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By Epoch Newsroom
December 10, 2017Sportsshare
Skier Lindsey Vonn Suffers Back Injury in World Cup Race
Lindsey Vonn of USA reacts during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super G in St Moritz, Switzerland, on Dec. 9, 2017. (Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

U.S. sking star Lindsey Vonn suffered a back injury at the World Cup in Switzerland on Saturday, forcing her to withdraw for Sunday’s events.

The incident occurred just two days after she slammed President Donald Trump, saying she wouldn’t represent him during the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

“I am extremely disappointed,” Vonn tweeted Sunday about her injury. “But my biggest goal this season is the Olympics and I need to take care of myself now so I can be ready for next week, and more importantly, for February.”

She added: “Looks like i have an acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction. I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up. Rested and had a lot of therapy tonight. We will see how I feel tomorrow and then decide if I will race. Thanks for the support.”

On social media, users criticized her for the anti-Trump comments.

“I wish you no ill will, Lindsey. Truth is though, I lost interest in you as a competitor when you decided to forget the many of us who will be cheering the U.S. on and don’t appreciate your disrespect for our president,” wrote one person in a tweet.

After the injury, many tweeted the meme, “Donald Trump broke me,” at Vonn. Others suggested that she was a victim of the “Trump curse.”

“I don’t wish you any harm, but I do believe you reap what you sow. If you are participating in the Olympics—you are representing USA. @realDonaldTrump IS our POTUS, therefore you DO represent our POTUS. Leave your Political views at home. You don’t have another venue to hate?” wrote another user.

Vonn’s father, Alan Kildow, told The Associated Press that she is “OK” after the injury.

Earlier this week, before the injury, Vonn told CNN she hoped “to represent the people of the United States, not the president” during the Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea.


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