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It seems that Lindsey Vonn can’t catch a break on her return to the 2015-16 FIS Alpine World Cup competition season. In the same week that she announced her broken ankle from an August ski crash in New Zealand had healed and she was “definitely 100 percent” ready for the upcoming giant slalom race in Aspen this month, she wound up back in the doctor’s office for an unexpected repair.
Vonn suffered a serious gash in her thumb that required stitches after she tried to break up a fight over a Frisbee between her two dogs, Leo and Bear, and was bit in the process. The same U.S. Ski Team surgeon who operated on Ted Ligety’s wrist last November, Dr. Randy Viola of the Vail Valley Medical Center, stitched Vonn back together.
Vonn joked via Instagram that the procedure on her thumb and resulting ghastly stitches were actually a late Halloween costume in the image of comedian Jimmy Fallon, who suffered a ring avulsion requiring extensive surgery and a two-week break from hosting The Tonight Show this past summer and an additional hand injury after taking another tumble in late October.
There is no information yet available to indicate if Vonn’s latest medical procedure will impact her plan to compete in the Aspen World Cup on Nov. 28, but she did promptly return to speed training on Sunday.