On her quest to becoming the most successful skier racer of all time, Lindsey Vonn suffered a major setback on Saturday after injuring her back during a race in Switzerland, according to CNN.
The 33-year-old was able to cross the finish line, but clutched her back and grimaced in pain shortly after. Later in the day, Vonn confirmed that she had an "acute facet (spinal joint dysfunction."
"I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up."
Looks like i have an acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction. I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up. Rested and had a lot of therapy tonight. We will see how I feel tomorrow and then decide if I will race. Thanks for the support 🙏🏻— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) December 9, 2017
Unfortunately I will not be able to race today. I am extremely disappointed but my biggest goal this season is the Olympics and I need to take care of myself now so I can be ready for next week, and more importantly, for February. As always, thank you for the well wishes ❤️🙏🏻— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) December 10, 2017
The American alpine skier also notified fans that she wouldn't race on Sunday, with her eyes on the main prize: the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Vonn didn't miss out on much, though. The race in St. Moritz was subsequently canceled because of bad weather.
Her injury comes days after she vehemently declared that she would "absolutely not" visit the White House if invited post-Games.
"Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," she said on CNN. "I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony."I want to represent our country well. I don't think that ther are a lot of people currently in our government that do that."