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. Billybob 527

    I think it is bad she was injured but more training would've prevented this from happening. This is sad and Get well soon.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    Even if the knee is physically repaired the emotional side of trying to take the risks needed to win will probably prevent her from ever reaching the level she was at.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim is the man

    This is a very sad thing that happened. I was in a fourwheeler wreck about 5 months ago. hopefully she was waering a helmet, all I know is that I was not. I was in the hospital for 1 week with a broken splein.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. empresstrudy

    Her career is now over. The Great Girl Hope is no more.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big mister

    I hope she can go back in the x games and compete.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nadiggott

    So more training would have made the weather conditions better? Why bother posting before you know the facts.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    get well soon

    February 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Capt Obvious

    I guess so much for her quest to compete on the men's team, eh?

    February 6, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
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