Lindsey Vonn made her first comments today since suffering a season-ending knee injury Tuesday at the World Championships:
"First off, I want to say thank you to the amazing medical staff that cared for me," Vonn said in a statement released Wednesday by the U.S. Ski Team. "I plan on returning to Vail as soon as I can to have the necessary surgeries. I am also grateful to my fans for the outpouring of support, which has really helped me stay positive. I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi."
Vonn was also released today from the hospital in Schladming, Austria, where she was treated and evaluated immediately after Tuesday's crash.
ESPN's Stephania Bell discusses Vonn's knee injury and her chances of recovering in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics here: