Despite brush with near death skier LINDSAY VONN vows return to competition for 2014 Olympiad.
Now facing surgery for a shredded knee and multiple injuries after yesterday's scary wipe-out on the opening day of the Alpine World Championships in Austria, the plucky blonde swore she'd be back in action.
After first thanking the medical team and fans for their "outpouring of support", Lindsay said in a statement "I plan on returning to Vail as soon as I can to have the necessary surgeries.
"I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi."
U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens said Vonn, 28, tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, with a "lateral tibial plateau fracture" – a break in the shinbone near the knee affecting both stability and motion -- crucial to not only championship skiing but everyday mobility.
Vonn may spend up to six to eight months of recuperation and rehab before she's back in action.
U.S. speed coach Chip White told NBC News, "It was a very aggressive crash -- it's an injury that's not unusual in ski racing."