In a statement issued by the U.S. Ski Team, Vonn said she will “work as hard as humanly possible to be ready” for the
She is reigning Olympic champion in the downhill.
Vonn, 28, tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in her right knee and fractured the tibial plateau in the crash.
Orthopedic surgeon Bill Sterett of Vail, Colo., a knee specialist who will perform the operation, said in a Wednesday email from Schladming he expects the surgery to take place early next week. He and Vonn will fly back to the United States together.
Sterett said Vonn had complete tears of both the ACL and MCL.
Sterett, head physician for the U.S. women's alpine team and medical director of the Vail Valley Surgery Center, would not give a timeline for Vonn's return to competition before doing the surgery. Sterett did say the fracture will force her to do non-weight bearing activities for a longer time.
"I can tell you that she is VERY determined and in good spirits, looking for the next step," Sterett wrote.
Vonn has bounced back from a variety of injuries several times in her career.