American skiing champion and Tiger Woods' girlfriend keen to inspire athletes with soon-to-be-released documentary on her career-threatening injuries, rehab and successful comeback at the World Cup
World champion skier and Tiger Woods' girlfriend Lindsey Vonn is very excited about the release of a documentary 'Lindsey Vonn: The Climb' based on her struggles with injury and return to success at the 2014 World Cup Alberta, Canada.
Skiing champion Lindsey Vonn. Pic/Getty Images
The hour-long film chronicling the skiing champion's rehabilitation and comeback from two devastating knee surgeries premieres on Sunday, January 25 on American channel NBC, even as the Vonn prepares to compete in the 2015 World Championships in Vail, Colorado.
First big crash
On February 5, 2013, Vonn crashed in her first race of the 2013 World Championships in Austria. She was airlifted off the mountain to a nearby hospital where doctors diagnosed that the Olympic champion had suffered complete tears to the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in her right knee, which required career-threatening surgery.
Second serious crash
Nine months later, Vonn crashed again during training, again tearing her right ACL, and was forced to miss the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The documentary features never-before-seen video of this second crash following which cameras show viewers all that went on inside the operation theatre where renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr James Andrews worked on Vonn's knee.
"The last two years have had some of the biggest ups and downs of my career. I'm excited to share this story with my fans. This is the most inside look I've ever given to my world. I hope it inspires others going through challenges to keep getting back up when they are down," Vonn said of the film produced by Red Bull Media House, in association with NFL Films and NBC Olympics.
"In The Climb, you'll see Lindsey the daughter, the sister, the friend. You'll see Lindsey in pain, at rock bottom, and her triumphant return to racing," said Steve Trout, Director, NFL Films.