02:39 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 02/03/2014 02:15PM
Pulling out of the Winter Olympics was devastating for skiing champion Lindsey Vonn – but, thankfully, the slow recovery from her knee injury hasn't been too ruff.
"I get to spend time with my new dog," she told PEOPLE at DirecTV's Super Saturday Concert Event over the weekend. "He's keeping me happy."
The boxer-retriever mix named Leo – whom Vonn adopted from a shelter on Christmas Eve – has made a difficult turn of events so much easier for the athlete, especially since he knows exactly what she's going through.
Originally posted 01/16/2014 07:00PM
Lindsey Vonn has had "successful" surgery on her right knee, and shared a pic as she recovers with her new puppy, Leo, keeping her company.
Originally posted 01/09/2014 11:15AM
If Lindsey Vonn knee-ded a sign that a 9-month-old shelter dog was meant to be hers, she definitely got one.
The star skier, who was "devastated" to announce this week that she was pulling out of the upcoming Sochi Olympics due to a knee injury, was drawn to her new dog, Leo, because he suffers from an injury himself.
"This definitely brightened my day – I adopted this 9 month old cutie from an animal shelter. He has a bad knee from being hit by a car when he was a puppy and no one wanted him … but I do!!" she wrote on Facebook Wednesday, sharing a sweet shot of herself with the brown and black pup.
Originally posted 01/07/2014 08:30AM
Lindsey Vonn did everything she possibly could to pull off a miracle.
Originally posted 12/10/2013 08:00PM
Gold medalist Evan Lysacek was emotional as he revealed on the Today show on Tuesday that he won't be setting his sights on the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, in February.
"It's very difficult for me to say that, but my road to Sochi ends here," the figure skater told Matt Lauer.
The 28-year-old has been dogged by injuries since winning gold in Vancouver in 2010, and has been undergoing rehab and physical therapy since tearing a labrum in his left hip earlier this year.
"The pain has become in recent weeks unmanageable," he admitted, adding that his doctor warned him that the pain would only get worse and he could be doing permanent damage if he continued training.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 10:20AM
Lindsey Vonn was cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, the latest step as she works to return from a right knee injury and get ready for the Sochi Olympics two months from now.
Now Vonn – and the rest of the skiing world – will wait to find out whether she'll actually be racing by the end of this week.
The four-time overall World Cup champion and reigning Olympic downhill gold medalist is expected to start in Wednesday's first official training session at Lake Louise, the U.S. Ski Team said Tuesday.
Originally posted 12/02/2013 07:45AM
Lindsey Vonn is no stranger to powering through tough times.
In fact, all eyes are currently on the superstar skier as she scrambles to defy expectations – again – and rehab her re-injured right knee in time for the Sochi Olympics in February.
But it wasn't a ski slope or a trainer that gave Vonn a hardcore workout during a cover photo shoot for the January issue of The Red Bulletin magazine, on sale Dec. 17. It was a pair of stilettos.
Originally posted 11/29/2013 08:55AM
Lindsey Vonn excitedly slipped on her ski boots and took to the slopes on Thanksgiving – just nine days after reinjuring her knee in Colorado.
"I went skiing today!" she posted on instagram along with a pic of herself in Vail.
The 29-year-old was derailed earlier this year after seriously injuring her right knee, and there were concerns that she wouldn't be able to compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February after her latest injury.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 10:25AM
The Comeback Kid remains confident.
After partially tearing her ACL in a training accident on Nov. 19, downhill racing champ Lindsey Vonn told Today that she is guardedly optimistic she'll be ready to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which begins in just 72 days.
"I'm confident it's going to be okay," the 2010 gold medalist, 29, told Matt Lauer about her knee. "At this point, that's all I can do, is stay positive. I'm kind of out of options at this point. I hope I can continue racing."
Originally posted 11/22/2013 05:00PM
Lindsey Vonn might have been knocked down during a crash on the ski slopes of Colorado on Tuesday, but don't count her out.
The Olympic downhill racing champ posted an update on her Facebook page on Friday telling fans that she hoped to be back on her skis very soon.
"Rehab is going well and I am working as hard as I can to race in Lake Louise in a few weeks," she wrote.
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