Returning Vonn 'struggling to do her hair and put on gloves'

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Lindsey Vonn has revealed that she struggles to put on her ski glove and do her hair after suffering severe nerve damage when breaking her arm last November.

The four-time FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall champion announced on Wednesday that she will get her season started in the downhill at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee on Saturday.

Vonn's return comes just nine weeks after she after had surgery on a fractured right arm sustained in a training accident in Colorado.

The record-breaking 32-year-old has now detailed the extend of the damage she did back in November and posted a video on Facebook showing the battle she has faced in order to race again.

 

I am beyond thrilled that I am announcing my return to racing this weekend! It's been a grueling 9 weeks since my arm surgery with over 300 hours of therapy but all of my hard work is finally paying off! This video I made is very personal. I was very open with all of you regarding the bone fracture in my humerus but what I haven't mentioned to you is the fact that I also had severe nerve damage. I have thought about whether I should share this information for a long time. In the end, I have opted to tell you because I feel my journey might also give hope to those with similar injuries. As you can see in the video, I woke up from surgery and had no function of my entire hand. I worked closely with my friend and physical therapist Lindsay Winninger and Patrick Rottenhofer every day to slowly regain my motor function. Today I am still struggling to do simple things like put on my ski glove and do my hair, but I'm at a point where I am comfortable with my hand in most situations. This has been the hardest recovery of my career to date but thankfully it has taken less time to heal than my knee injuries. After my 8 week checkup with Dr. Hackett, my bone showed significant healing and I was given the green light to start training and if I was comfortable, start racing. This is just a small piece of my journey back from rehab to racing. During the entire process I documented my progress and was also shadowed by a film crew from Eurosport. Together we captured every high and every low for my new docu-series 'Chasing History'. It will air in February, so you will be able to see my recovery as well as watch me continue to chase history in the future. Thank you for always supporting me no matter what obstacle I face. I have the greatest fans in the world and I am very thankful. And remember, nothing is impossible. If you fall, get back up! Xo Lv

Posted by Lindsey Vonn on Wednesday, 11 January 2017

She posted on Facebook: "I am beyond thrilled that I am announcing my return to racing this weekend! It's been a gruelling nine weeks since my arm surgery with over 300 hours of therapy but all of my hard work is finally paying off!

"This video I made is very personal. I was very open with all of you regarding the bone fracture in my humerus but what I haven't mentioned to you is the fact that I also had severe nerve damage.

"I have thought about whether I should share this information for a long time. In the end, I have opted to tell you because I feel my journey might also give hope to those with similar injuries.

"As you can see in the video, I woke up from surgery and had no function of my entire hand. I worked closely with my friend and physical therapist Lindsay Winninger and Patrick Rottenhofer every day to slowly regain my motor function.

"Today I am still struggling to do simple things like put on my ski glove and do my hair, but I'm at a point where I am comfortable with my hand in most situations.

"This has been the hardest recovery of my career to date but thankfully it has taken less time to heal than my knee injuries. After my eight-week checkup with Dr. Hackett, my bone showed significant healing and I was given the green light to start training and if I was comfortable, start racing.

"Thank you for always supporting me no matter what obstacle I face. I have the greatest fans in the world and I am very thankful. And remember, nothing is impossible. If you fall, get back up!"