Vonn Blames Crash on Course Conditions

Hopes to be back on skis by November

Adam Roy

Injured ski racer Lindsey Vonn blamed her season-ending crash at a super-G in Austria on unsafe course conditions in her first public comments since her accident. Vonn tore her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and sustained a hairline fracture on February 5, after flying off a jump during the race in Schladming.

“My right ski completely stopped as I landed, and my knee buckled,” Vonn said in an interview with the New York Times. “I flew over the tops of my skis. That loose snow was 100 percent the reason I crashed.”

Vonn said that after her crash, she called over her coach, Alex Hoedlmoser, who was serving as a race jury member, and urged him to stop the race.

While Vonn had never severely injured either leg before Schladming, she said she was confident that she would be in shape for the Sochi Olympics in 2014. She expects to return to skiing by November.

Read Peter Vigneron’s profile of Lindsey Vonn.