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Lindsey Vonn Shares Inspiring Message Post-Surgery as She Reflects on Tough Times: 'Believe in Yourself'

“Every day I tried to put one foot in front of the other until it eventually got me back to where I wanted to go," said the Olympian

<p>lindsey vonn/ Instagram</p> Lindsey Vonn

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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn shared a motivational message as she recovers from previous knee surgeries.

After undergoing multiple knee surgeries since her retirement in 2019, the Olympic skier, 39, shared a series of photos on Instagram documenting her journey to recovery.

She also shared four photos from the post on her Instagram Stories, adding captions to each of the photos.

<p>lindsey vonn/ Instagram</p> Lindsey Vonn shares photo post-op to her Stories and wrote, "#throwback to how I became a strong person..."

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Lindsey Vonn shares photo post-op to her Stories and wrote, "#throwback to how I became a strong person..."

In the first photo, Vonn is seen after her July 2023 surgery, where she got one step closer to her knee replacement surgery — and enjoyed a couple of slices of pizza.

She also shared a compilation video of her previous rough falls against the slopes throughout the years.

<p>lindsey vonn/ Instagram</p> Lindsey Vonn adds the Instagram clip to her Stories and captions the post: "I got knocked down..."

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Lindsey Vonn adds the Instagram clip to her Stories and captions the post: "I got knocked down..."

Along with a couple of photos after her various surgeries, she posted photos with those who came to her side throughout the years — including a sweet photo of her dog resting on her knee.

<p>lindsey vonn/ Instagram</p> Lindsey Vonn shows an image in a hospital bed to her Instagram Stories with the caption, "Pretty badly..."

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Lindsey Vonn shows an image in a hospital bed to her Instagram Stories with the caption, "Pretty badly..."

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Vonn concluded the carousel with inspiring photos of her showing off life throughout her recovery, including a shot of her standing without her crutches.  She concluded the series with a photo and the motivational message, "But I got back up! And I know you can too! 💪."

<p>STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty</p> Lindsey Vonn on February 6, 2014 in New York.

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Lindsey Vonn on February 6, 2014 in New York.

The Olympic gold medalist also penned an inspiring caption: “I’ve been bruised and broken but I’ve always come out the other side a better person. No matter how many times I fell, I always got back up. I didn’t do it alone though. I am so thankful to have had the support of friends, family and you guys, my fans.”

“Knowing I had people supporting me helped me in my darkest hours,” she continued. “Every day I tried to put one foot in front of the other until it eventually got me back to where I wanted to go… which was usually the top of the mountain 🏔️ 😍.”

“We are all on our own paths, but if you’re injured or going through a hard time, believe in yourself and know that you will come out of it a better and stronger person. You got this 💪🏻,” she concluded.

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In October, Vonn shared on Instagram that she underwent a prep surgery in anticipation of a knee replacement surgery this upcoming spring.

In 2019, Vonn underwent an operation to repair her torn lateral collateral ligament (LCL) but has continued to have knee problems.

“I’ve been dealing with all the damage from my ski racing career and have been trying to manage the pain as best I can,” Vonn wrote on Instagram in July after she revealed she was undergoing another surgery.

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