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“LINDSEY VONN: THE CLIMB” TO PREMIERE SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC
One-Hour Special Chronicles Olympic Downhill Champion’s Rehabilitation From Two Devastating Injuries and Her Remarkable Comeback To Become The Winningest Female Skier In World Cup History
Documentary Reviews Crashes, Brings Viewers Inside Operating Room, and Follows Vonn’s Chase For All-Time World Cup Victories Record
Stamford, Conn – January 22, 2015 – Following her record-breaking 63rd World Cup victory last weekend in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Lindsey Vonn: The Climb, a one-hour documentary which chronicles the remarkable comeback of Olympic Downhill Champion Lindsey Vonn, will debut on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. Produced by Red Bull Media House, in association with NFL Films and NBC Olympics, the film will give viewers an inside look into the past 22 months of Vonn’s career. Lindsey Vonn: The Climb documents Vonn’s journey as she recovered from two devastating injuries, and continued her pursuit of becoming the winningest female skier in World Cup history.
On February 5, 2013, Vonn crashed in a super-G, her first race of the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria. After being airlifted off the mountain to a nearby hospital, doctors discovered that the Olympic champion had suffered complete tears of the MCL and ACL in her right knee, which required season-ending and career-threatening surgery. Nine months later, with the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in sight, Vonn crashed again during a training run, re-tearing her right ACL, and she ultimately was forced to withdraw from the Sochi Olympics.
“The last two years have been filled with some of the biggest ups and downs of my career, and I’m excited to share this story with my fans. This is the most inside look I’ve ever given to my world, and I hope it inspires others who are going through challenges to keep getting back up when they are down,” said Vonn.
Lindsey Vonn: The Climb features never-before-seen video of Vonn’s second crash. Cameras take viewers into the operating room as renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews repairs the superstar athlete’s knee. The film then follows Vonn’s physical and emotional struggles as she attempts to return to the top of her sport, while remaining in the spotlight as her sport’s biggest star. With extraordinary access into her life, Lindsey Vonn: The Climb documents Vonn’s nearly two years of grueling rehabilitation, including her rehab sessions at the U.S. Ski Team’s training facilities in Vail, Colo. It also covers training camps and competitions in Chile and across Europe, and the photo shoots and red carpet events that come with her stardom.
In addition to capturing Vonn’s time in the gym and on the mountain, viewers are side-by-side with Vonn as she shares the difficult process of sitting out the Olympics and watching the Sochi Games with her family at home. The film culminates with Vonn’s remarkable return to competition as she leads an historic U.S. sweep of the podium in the World Cup women’s downhill on Dec. 5, 2014, in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Last weekend, Vonn won her 63rd World Cup race, breaking Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record of 62 World Cup victories established more than 30 years ago. Now the most successful female ski racer in World Cup history, Vonn is the only American woman ever to win Olympic gold in the women’s downhill, which she accomplished at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics where she also won bronze in the women’s super-G. In addition, Vonn has five world championship medals.
Encore presentations of Lindsey Vonn: The Climb will air on NBCSN beginning in February. The film will be available digitally on Red Bull TV starting January 28th