Vonn vows to return for 2014 Olympics

SCHLADMING, Austria — Lindsey Vonn said Wednesday she will work hard in her bid to return to skiing from a severe knee injury for next year's Olympics in Sochi.

"I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi," Vonn said via the United States ski team.

Vonn, 28, ruptured the cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, and fractured the tibia head, in a crash during the world championship super-g on Tuesday.

Vonn said she will undergo surgery soon in Colorado before starting a long rehabilitation process. The Sochi Olympics start a year from today on Feb. 7, 2014.

Vonn won the downhill gold at the 2010 Games in Vancouver and is among the biggest names in skiing. She has four overall World Cup titles and 59 race wins for second place on the all-time list.

"I plan on returning to Vail as soon as I can to have the necessary surgeries. I am also grateful to my fans for the outpouring of support, which has really helped me stay positive," Vonn said.

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