Lindsey Vonn Injured in Crash (Update)
Will miss rest of season
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Lindsey Vonn will miss the rest of the World Cup season with multiple knee injuries after crashing out during a race in Schladming, Austria. The four-time world champion was 0.12 seconds behind eventual winner Tina Maze when she lost her balance and buckled after landing a jump. After being treated for 12 minutes on the mountain, she was airlifted out by helicopter. While the U.S. team has not released a statement on Vonn’s condition, the president of Austria’s ski federation said that she tore her cruciate and lateral ligaments.
Vonn returned to the World Cup series last month after spending much of the season recuperating from a severe intestinal illness that caused her to be hospitalized briefly in November.
For more on Vonn’s career, read Peter Vigneron’s profile from our February issue.
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Vonn tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in her right knee. She also suffered a tibial fracture. She will likely miss the rest of the season but hopes to return for the 2013-14 World Cup in October.