Vonn documentary chronicles Vail skier’s comeback from knee injuries
The Denver Post
Lindsey Vonn’s nearly two-year struggle to return from a devastating knee injury has led her to the brink of history, and NBC will soon televise a unique documentary of her journey.
“Lindsey Vonn: The Climb” is a one-hour show produced by NFL Films, NBC Olympics and Red Bull Media House. It will air Jan. 25 at 1 p.m., eight days before the world championships begin at Beaver Creek.
Vonn has 61 World Cup wins and stands only one behind the all-time women’s leader, Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria. The documentary has been timed with that in mind, as well as the upcoming world championships, Feb. 2-15.
“This is the most inside look I’ve ever given to my world,” Vonn said in a media release, “and I hope it inspires others who are going through challenges to keep getting back up when they are down.”
Vonn injured her right knee in a crash on the first day of the 2013 world championships in Schladming, Austria. She reinjured it the following November while training at Copper Mountain, forcing her to skip the Sochi Olympics. The documentary includes video of the second crash not seen before by the public, as well as footage from the operating room during surgery.
It will show her in rehab, training this past off-season in Chile and in Europe, and winning twice this season.
“Films like this don’t work without transparency, and Lindsey was on board from day one,” said Steve Trout, NFL Films director. “In ‘The Climb,’ you’ll see Lindsey the daughter, the sister, the friend. And in the roller-coaster ride of her comeback, you’ll see Lindsey in pain, at rock bottom, and her triumphant return to racing.”
Because there are six World Cup “speed” races (downhill and super-G) this month, she could well pass Moser-Proell before she returns for the world championships, where she hopes to contend for medals in downhill and super-G.
“This film,” said NBC Sports Group executive editor Joe Gesue, “is a compelling and very human portrait of an extraordinary athlete fighting pain and uncertainty to regain her place as the dominant figure in one of the most demanding and dangerous sports in the Olympic world.”
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