Dr. James Gladstone, orthopedic surgeon and the co-chief of sports medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, would also not give a definitive prognosis for Vonn’s recovery, but he said in the best case, Vonn would be back on skis in two to four weeks.
“That would be the mildest sprain,” said Gladstone, a former college ski racer. “In that time period, she could be skiing again, but she may not be ready to race in the World Cup.”
The worst case would be a more serious tear that could require another reconstructive operation.
“But I suspect if it was a high-grade partial tear, there wouldn’t be any optimism in the statement at all,” Gladstone said.