by Ralph Routon
Richard Quincy knows all about helping athletes recover from injuries as soon and completely as possible. He did that for a lot of years in Colorado Springs as head trainer for the Colorado College hockey program from the early 1990s until August 2007.
Now Quincy is medical director for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, headquartered in Park City, Utah, and he was heavily involved the past two weeks with helping oversee American skier Lindsey Vonn as she dealt with a severely bruised right shin that threatened to derail her Winter Olympics.
Vonn made enough progress, helped by schedule delays, that she won the gold medal Wednesday in the ladies downhill, the first time a U.S. skier has ever won the event. Teammate Julia Mancuso won the silver with a run that looked good enough to win until Vonn came down the mountain at Whistler.
And though Quincy cannot divulge details of what Vonn has gone through, in part because she still has more events including the super-combined Thursday, he did offer this comment via e-mail:
"Lindsey Vonn is truly an amazing athlete with tremendous skill and talent. She also possesses an incredible ability to focus despite the challenges of the environment or any physical limitations. Lindsey is
truly one of those athletes that I genuinely admire both as a professional and as a person. She is truly exceptional and is an excellent example of true Olympism.
"Julia Mancuso was also superb today. Her performance was an outstanding way to start off the women's team. It's a true testament of her will and desire to compete and challenge for Gold. Any podium is
a true reward for USA."
And with that, Quincy jumped on a bus from Whistler down to Cypress Mountain to watch U.S. snowboarder Shaun White go for his own gold in the halfpipe.