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Four Olympic Athletes Who Returned from Injury to Victory

By University of Utah, 02/09/18, 12:00PM CST

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Some athletes have to overcome unthinkable injuries in order to claim glory.

There are plenty of success stories that play out in front of the world during the Olympics. But sometimes the most inspiring examples of athleticism, courage, sportsmanship, and perseverance happen off the field of competition.

Some athletes have to overcome unthinkable injuries in order to claim glory.

 

Lindsey Vonn

Most skiers understand that when you face the downhill slope at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour sometimes the mountain wins.

And nobody knows that truth better than Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Vonn. From 2006 to 2016, this 33-year-old endured nine major injuries and underwent five surgeries.