For me as a US-American citizen it goes without saying to be socially engaged and to help people in need. For me it feels right to support Wings for Life, because I share their values and highly appreciate the scientists’ and the team’s efforts in finding a cure for spinal cord injury.
Olympic gold medallist, Lindsey Vonn is also four-time World Cup champion and Wings for Life ambassador. In a training crash in November 2013, Vonn partially tore one of the reconstructed ligaments in her right knee, the knee that had been surgically repaired after another crash wrecked her ACL and MCL earlier the same year.
“The first two months going through rehab were really bad, and I was very limited with what I could do. Being stuck in bed and being in pain, that was definitely the worst”, Vonn said. “However, when I look at people who are affected by spinal cord injury and manage to fight back into life, I understand how lucky I was and that they are the true heroes."
This is a woman that absolutely does not let injury stand in her way. She made a powerful comeback in 2015 and is just a few wins off matching the World Cup record of 62 race victories held by the Austrian skiing great Annemarie Moser-Proell. When she takes that record, she will be the greatest female skier of all time.