Vonn hospitalized with knee injury
SCHLADMING, Austria—Lindsey Vonn was taken to a hospital by helicopter today after crashing and apparently hurting her right knee in the super-G race at the world ski championships.
Austrian ski federation president Peter Schroecksnadel said doctors told him that Vonn tore her cruciate and lateral ligaments.
The U.S. ski team gave no immediate update on Vonn’s condition but said it would release a statement later today.
Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, lost balance on her right leg while landing after a jump.
Her ski came off immediately, and she slid off course and hit a gate before coming to a halt.
The American received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being taken to the hospital.
The crash came almost exactly one year before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Vonn returned to the circuit last month after taking an almost month-long break from racing to fully recover from an intestinal illness that put her in a hospital for two days in November.
Vonn trailed Tina Maze of Slovenia, who won gold, by 0.12 seconds shortly before the crash.
The race, which was postponed for three-and-a-half hours because of fog, continued after another 15-minute delay.
Several racers struggled with the conditions.
“It’s not a very difficult course but in some parts you couldn’t see anything,” Fabienne Suter of Switzerland said.