Video: Vonn crashes, tears ACL, MCL but might be healed for 2014 Games
American Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn took a bad spill during the first day of super G competition in Austria, at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. Vonn tore her MCL, ACL and broke a leg bone, ending her World Cup season and jeopardizing her participation in the 2014 Olympics.
|Lindsey Vonn is taken by airlift from a mountain in Schladming, Austria, to a nearby hospital. (AP)|
American Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn took a bad spill during the first day of super-G competition in Austria on Tuesday, at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. After being treated for more 12 minutes on the mountain, per standard procedure, she was taken by helicopter to the closest hospital.
A few hours after the crash, Vonn's diagnosis came through, via the U.S. Ski Team. The statement:
"According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Vonn suffered a torn ACL and MCL in her right knee and a lateral tibial plateau fracture. She will be out for the remainder of this season but is expected to return to racing for the 2013-14 Audi FIS World Cup season and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi."
The Games in Sochi are 367 days away. Here is video of Vonn's crash.
And this is the full tape of Vonn's race, injury and reaction from around the mountain as she was attended to by medical staff.
At the time of the accident, the 28-year-old Vonn had posted the fastest interval time on the track of any racer on Tuesday.
The injury came after the FIS event was stalled for more than three hours to do fog. Vonn has won four world championship medals.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Vonn was released from the hospital early Tuesday evening, local Austrian time.
Ski Racing Magazine is also posting updates on Facebook as they come in. It was a scary moment for the ski community, as Vonn is world-class in the sport. This reaction from Slovenia's Tina Maze -- who had an overall .12 seconds lead on Vonn at the time of the injury -- says it all.
Must-see photo: Tina Maze's reaction to seeing Vonn crash ...twitpic.com/c14bjt— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) February 5, 2013
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