Ski champion Vonn tore MCL and ACL, suffered fracture in race
Lindsey Vonn is airlifted after she crashed during the Alpine Ski Wold Championships in Schladming, Austria, on Tuesday.
February 5th, 2013
01:13 PM ET

Ski champion Vonn tore MCL and ACL, suffered fracture in race

[Update 1:13 p.m. ET] Still more details about Lindsey Vonn's serious knee injury today at the Alpine Ski World Championships: She suffered a torn ACL and MCL in her right knee, and also fractured her lateral tibial plateau, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said.

The tibial plateau is the top of the shinbone, at the knee joint.

The 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist "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 association said.

[Update 12:54 p.m. ET] New details about Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn's crash today at the Alpine Ski World Championships: She suffered a complex torn ligament in her right knee, according to Dr. Christian Kaulfersch, who is treating her at a hospital in Schladming, Austria.

Vonn's U.S. team is deciding whether to fly her back to the United States or keep her in Europe for a possible operation, Kaulfersch said.

[Update 10:51 a.m. ET] Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday after she crashed during the opening day super-G at the Alpine Ski World Championships in Austria, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said.

The American suffered a "complex knee injury," according to the hospital where she was taken. Her injuries are not life-threatening, a hospital spokesman said.

Vonn was immediately attended to by race medical officials in Schladming, Austria, before being transported to the hospital, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said in a statement on its website.

Vonn, 28, won the downhill gold in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and is a four-time overall Alpine Ski World Cup champion.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. ER

    Well ... Tiger must be on the market again.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jim in PA

    Rehab is key to recovering from any knee injury. I recommend she immobilize the leg immediately by wrapping it around me.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • massconn72

      Only after she is done with me!

      February 5, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      Hey! I'm her Snowdogg... me first!

      February 5, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • russ


      February 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nathan

    It was Elin on the ski slope with a golf club!

    February 5, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dan

    i was able to pause the video of the crash and her right knee collapsed to the right...90 degrees to the right. basically, stand facing a wall and stretch your right arm out towards the wall on your right. now bend your knee that way. YEEOUCH! hope she is able to rehab and continue but it looks very serious and career threatening. funny stuff jim in PA.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. semper fi

    Heart Breaking news.....Olympics are just a year away.....She is a Warrior and Snow Goddess...if antone could come back and make the Olympics She can....Good Luck and hang in there Lindsey...This just sucks.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • fred

      Looking at the crash in slow motion, I think it's highly doubtful that if she ever races again, she'll be ready for the Olympics. Her knee exploded on impact, and she's probably torn everything there is to tear. I wish her the best, but fear the worst.

      February 5, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lola

    Tanya Harding did it. The team hired her because Lindsey has gotten too diva like.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Whome

    Hook up with Ray Lewis he got some stuff that will fix it.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big Reggie

      The Olympic Participants should have more safety so they dont get hurt. Hopefully she will continue to ski.

      February 5, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    get feeling better

    February 5, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Donald

    I blame president. There is a picture on the internet that shows him shooting her with a shotgun.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. tom

    she should be more careful next time... also hopefully she will return and keep her dream of sking

    February 5, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. John

    At least her injury wasn't life threating but I think she needs to be more careful and catious so she wont get hurt to much.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. lola star

    she should do rehab, but still race when recovered.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Broom

    Just hang in there and get back out there and win.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Katie Lamber

    She needs to be more careful. Hopefully this doesn't effect her alot, but keep your head up!

    February 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. joe bob

    hopefully she is alright does anybody know how she is doing. to bad she cant compete anymore for this years x games.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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