American skier Vonn airlifted to hospital with leg injury after horror crash in Austria
14:58 GMT, 5 February 2013
19:52 GMT, 5 February 2013
Lindsey Vonn was taken to a hospital by helicopter after crashing and suffering serious injuries in the super-G race at the World Ski Championships.
Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, lost balance on her right leg while landing after a jump. Her ski came off immediately, and Vonn slid off course and hit a gate before coming to a halt.
The American received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being taken to the hospital.
US Ski Team medical director Kyle Wilkens said she was suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, plus a lateral tibial plateau fracture.
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Crash: American skier Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to hospital after a horror crash in the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria this afternoon
Speed: Vonn lost balance on her right leg while jumping and her ski flew off straight away. She appeared to land on her right knee
Airlift: Vonn received 12 minutes of treatment on the slopes before being taken away by helicopter
A statement on the US Ski Team’s official website confirmed: '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 crash came almost exactly one year before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Recovery scene: The hospital where Vonn is being treated after being airlifted (below)
Airlifted to hospital
Vonn returned to the circuit last
month after taking an almost month-long break from racing to fully
recover from an intestinal illness that put her in a hospital for two
days in November.
It was recently reported that Vonn had hired bodyguards to handle the increased media scrutiny of her personal life after rumours she was dating golfer Tiger Woods.
VIDEO: Vonn receives treatment on the slopes
Shock: Tina Maze of Slovenia, the race leader, reacts after seeing the crash on the big screen
Rescue: Vonn received medical attention on the piste before being flown to hospital
Poster girl: Vonn's personal life has been the subject of increasing media attention in the States
Pin-up girl: Vonn pictured at a Tiger Woods Foundation event in Last Vegas in April last year
Vonn trailed Tina Maze of Slovenia, who won gold, by 0.12 seconds shortly before the crash.
Maze won the race in 1 minute, 35.39 seconds, beating Lara Gut of Switzerland by 0.38. Julia Mancuso of the United States came 0.52 behind in third.
The race, which was postponed for 3 hours because of fog, continued after another 15-minute delay.
Several racers struggled with the conditions.
'It's not a very difficult course but in some parts you couldn't see anything,' Fabienne Suter of Switzerland said.
Win: Vonn smiles after winning the giant slalom event in Maribor, Slovenia, last week
Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia