"I am a fighter and I refuse to let it bring me down! I will never give up!" Vonn tweeted

By Karen Mizoguchi
November 11, 2016 08:45 PM
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Lindsey Vonn is on the road to recovery.

The alpine ski racer confirmed she was involved in a crash while training at Copper Mountain in Colorado on Thursday. “I severely fractured the humerus in my right arm,” Vonn, 32, wrote on Facebook and Instagram Friday along with X-rays of her arm.

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“I had successful surgery last night in Vail and everyone took great care of me. While I am beyond frustrated by this latest setback, at least my knees are OK and I will return to the slopes as soon as possible, as I always do! Thank you for the continued love and support, it means so much to me,” the Olympic gold medalist concluded her post.


Vonn’s training for the 2018 Olympics remains on hold in addition to her pursuit of winning the World Cup, which she holds the title for most wins with 76.

On Friday, the Strong Is the New Beautiful author later tweeted: “I don’t know why these things happen to me but I know I am a fighter and I refuse to let it bring me down! I will never give up!”

In March, Vonn’s ski season was cut short when she sustained a hairline fracture in her left knee. Since 2013, she has had a total of eight injuries to the lower half of her body: three knee ligaments, two knee reconstructions, a broken ankle and broke her tibia twice.

Earlier this month, Vonn was named one of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World for her commitment to helping the next generation of women in and out of her sport. “I want to empower young girls and inspire them in as many ways as we can. We try and help them gain confidence and pursue dreams even when people tell them they can’t,” she told PEOPLE.

Adding, “While I want to be known as the greatest skier of all time, I also want my legacy to be about giving back as much as I can.”