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Lindsey Vonn in horror ski crash in Austria – pictures and video

American skier Vonn airlifted to hospital with leg injury after horror crash in Austria

PUBLISHED:

14:58 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

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

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

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

Airlift: Vonn received 12 minutes of treatment on the slopes before being taken away by helicopter

Lindsey Vonn airlifted to hospital after crash

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)

Recovery scene: The hospital where Vonn is being treated after being airlifted (below)

Airlifted to hospital

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

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

Rescue: Vonn received medical attention on the piste before being flown to hospital

The helicopter carrying skier Lindsey Vonn to hospital

Poster girl: Vonn's personal life has been the subject of increasing media attention in the States

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

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.

American skier Lindsey Vonn

Win: Vonn smiles after winning the giant slalom event in Maribor, Slovenia, last week

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

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia

Darren Fletcher not ready to return to Manchester United training

United boss Ferguson casts doubt on Fletcher ever returning from chronic illness

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UPDATED:

16:18 GMT, 12 July 2012

Darren Fletcher's career is hanging
in the balance after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the Manchester United
midfielder has still to launch a comeback from his chronic bowel
complaint.

After months of struggle to combat a
mystery virus, United eventually came clean over the extent of
Fletcher's problem in December.

Not ready: Darren Fletcher has not returned to training yet

Not ready: Darren Fletcher has not returned to training yet

At the time, Scotland manager Craig
Levein expressed hope his skipper would be fit to lead his country into
their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.

However, that is not going to happen,
with Ferguson revealing this afternoon that the 28-year-old has not
even attempted a return to training yet.

United have already been forced to reject one claim on a social media site earlier this year that the Dalkeith-born player was about to announce his retirement.

But, whilst he continued to express hope for his fellow countryman, there was little in Ferguson's assessment of the situation that suggested Fletcher could win his fitness fight.

'Darren has not started training with us,' he said.

'Obviously he has got challenges and we are happy to be patient with him. But he won't be starting the season.

'It is unfortunate because he is such a magnificent professional and such a nice lad.

'If it doesn't work for him he knows he has a position at the club.'

Doubts: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Doubts: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Fletcher spent the second half of last season doing some of the coaching duties that had been assigned to Paul Scholes until he performed a retirement U-turn mid-way through the campaign.

Always one of the more studious members of the United squad, Fletcher does seem the type who would slot into a backroom role fairly comfortably once he has completed his coaching badges, which he has already started.

However, if he is forced to call time on his career, it would be a cruel way to end it.

Fletcher was restricted to just 10 appearances last term, his last coming against Benfica at Old Trafford in November.

He turned out just twice in the final weeks of the previous campaign, when the illness first took hold, costing him a chance of finally appearing in a Champions League final after he was overlooked for the 2008 triumph over Chelsea in Moscow and then suspended the following year, when United lost to Barcelona.

Wimbledon 2012: Agnieszka Radwanska suffering illness ahead of final

Radwanska vows to face Serena in final despite suffering respiratory illness

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 6 July 2012

Agnieszka Radwanska has confirmed she intends to play in Saturday's Wimbledon final against Serena Williams despite falling ill.

The 23-year-old Polish player pulled out of an anticipated press conference, and that cast some doubt on whether she would be well enough to face Williams.

However she is determined to make it to Centre Court to tackle the four-time champion.

Illness: Radwanska has been struck down on the eve of the final

Illness: Radwanska has been struck down on the eve of the final

Radwanska said in a statement released by the All England Club: 'Unfortunately I have picked up an upper respiratory illness, which is affecting my nose and throat.

'I have been playing a lot of matches here in the rain and cold wind, and I haven't been well for a few days.

'The most important thing is that I'm feeling good on the court and playing some good tennis, despite not being able to talk much away from the court.

'The priority is my singles match tomorrow, so I will do whatever it takes to make sure I'm ready to play the best I can.'

Final countdown: Radwanska is facing four-times champion Serena Williams

Final countdown: Radwanska is facing four-times champion Serena Williams

Manchester United line up 10m Moussa Dembele bid

United line up 10m Dembele bid as major rebuilding begins in earnest

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 12 May 2012

Manchester United are considering a 10million bid for Fulham's attacking midfielder Mousa Dembele with Paul Scholes still to make a decision over whether he will play on next season.

United are expected to start rebuilding in the likely event of losing their Premier League title to Manchester City and Dembele is in line to be the first of a number of signings.

The 24-year-old Belgium midfielder has made a huge impression since his 5m move from AZ Alkmaar in 2010 and he has been a revelation following Fulham manager Martin Jol's decision to drop him back into a deeper central-midfield role in the 2-1 win over Stoke in February.

Impact: Moussa Dembele (right) has impressed since joining from AZ Alkmaar

Impact: Moussa Dembele (right) has impressed since joining from AZ Alkmaar

He has only scored twice this season but has been instrumental in Fulham's rise to ninth and is seen as a ready-made replacement for Scholes, 37.

With Lille's attacking midfielder
Eden Hazard – who has just been voted player of the year in the French
League – likely to join City, Ferguson must find cover for Darren
Fletcher, who has a long-term illness, and Tom Cleverley, who has been
prone to injury problems throughout the current campaign.

The United boss is known to covet
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and flew to Germany on
Saturday to watch the Japanese international, who scored the opening
goal in their 5-2 win over Bayern Munich in the German Cup Final.

City boy: Lille playmaker Eden Hazard (left) looks like moving to Manchester

City boy: Lille playmaker Eden Hazard (left) looks like moving to Manchester

Ferguson, also interested in
Kagawa's team-mate Mario Goetze, will have talks with Scholes in an
attempt to persuade him to extend his comeback for another season and
has been full of praise for the way the veteran slotted into the side
after reversing his decision to retire after five months on the
coaching staff.

'I will speak to Paul,' said
Ferguson. 'Obviously he made a tremendous contribution when he came
back. But it was his decision to return and I will respect whatever he
wants to do.

'I haven't discussed it with him yet,
to be honest. I think I made that mistake last season, talking to him
before the season had finished. 'It is better getting the season over
and having a break and I may not speak to him before he has been away
on holiday.'

London 2012 Olympics: Rebecca Adlington not taking qualification for granted

Adlington not taking qualification for granted as Olympic trials kick off in London

This time four years ago Rebecca Adlington was gearing up for the 2008 Olympic trials in Sheffield unaware her life would be transformed by her success in Beijing months later.

It is misleading to say the Mansfield-born swimmer came from nowhere given she was a European silver medallist and world short-course champion while qualification for China saw her break Commonwealth records over both 400 metres and 800m freestyle.

However, she seared herself on to the public consciousness following her double title-winning exploits in Beijing.

Stage is set: Olympic trials will take place in London, starting on Saturday

Stage is set: Olympic trials will take place in London, starting on Saturday

Four years on and the 23-year-old looks to book a spot on the Great Britain team at the British Gas Swimming Championships which double as the Olympic trials starting at the London Aquatics Centre tomorrow.

For the past 12 months the Nova Centurion swimmer has insisted she is not taking qualification for granted, a mantra she has reiterated.

She said: 'It's just how you have to be – realistic. I am not stupid, I am in a tough event.'

To many outsiders Adlington might seem a shoo-in for London but the 400m and 800m are both competitive and with only two slots per event casualties are inevitable.

In the shorter race, Adlington will be joined by Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson, who has conquered her illness problems, and former world relay medallist Jaz Carlin as well as a number of young prospects.

Nothing for granted: Rebecca Adlington has promised to be on top form

Nothing for granted: Rebecca Adlington has promised to be on top form

Opposition in the 800m includes world open water champion and Adlington's best friend Keri-anne Payne – with her first tilt at the event since 2006 – Jackson and Carlin.

Adlington is unsure of what will happen beyond the summer, some time off resting and to prepare for Payne's wedding at which she is bridesmaid the only certainty.

She said: 'If I don't make the Games obviously I will heavily consider retirement because I would not be improving, it's a big thing to carry on for another four years.

'If I don't qualify through illness or injury I'd want to carry on because I'd have unfinished business. But if I don't qualify and I have done all I can, then you've got to analyse the situation.

'But if I do make the Games then afterwards it would be a case of 'right, do I feel like I've got more in me, have I got more to go, do I still love the sport, what's my motivation''

Dipping in: Keri-Anne Payne has already been practicing at the site in Stratford

Dipping in: Keri-Anne Payne has already been practicing at the site in Stratford

For now Adlington is focused on the next few days where she will also bid to make the 4x200m relay squad.

She is especially looking forward to being cheered on by the crowd, despite the reduced capacity.

'Even my mum and dad are excited to have a bit more of a crowd rather than just them going like 'wooh, go Becky!',' she said. 'What I've noticed over the last few years about the crowd is that whoever is competing for the home country still get massive applause even if they come fifth.

'I hope to God it is the same situation in London and I think people will find that – they're not going to boo us if we don't win, I hope to God they don't.'

The action starts on Saturday with the men's and women's 400m individual medley to be decided.

The women's race features world silver medallist Hannah Miley with Payne and Aimee Wilmott while the men are led by world finalist Rob Pavoni.

The first day will see the men's 400m freestyle decided and as the competition is also an Olympic test event, it is open to overseas swimmers so the public will see world record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany over eight lengths.

World finalists Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe will face British record holder Fran Halsall in the 100m butterfly heats and semis. World record holder Sarah Sjostrom also features.

Keri-anne Payne, Rebecca Adlington, Mark Foster and Sascha Kindred are launching exclusive films on Facebook. The films narrated by Rebecca and her mother, Keri-anne and Sascha, reveal the sacrifices made and challenges overcome to get to the point of trying to qualify for the only Home Olympics/Paralympics of their careers. The films can be viewed at www.facebook.com/BGSwimming

Darren Fletcher takes extended break from football over health issues

Fears for Fletcher as United star takes extended break over serious health issues

Darren Fletcher will take an extended break from football as the Manchester United midfielder bids to recover from a potential career-threatening health problem.

The Scotland skipper has been suffering from ulcerative colitis – a chronic inflammatory bowel condition – and is not expected to play again this season.

A club statement read: “On behalf of Darren Fletcher, Manchester United wishes to announce that he is taking an extended break from football for health reasons.

Out of action: Darren Fletcher will take a prolonged break from football due to serious health reasons

Out of action: Darren Fletcher will take a prolonged break from football due to serious health reasons

“Over the past year he has had several absence periods which we have attributed to a viral illness in order to respect his right to medical confidentiality.

Darren has, in fact, been suffering fromulcerative colitis (a chronic inflammatory bowel condition) for some time preceding this.

“Whilst he was able to maintain remission of symptoms for a considerable period this has proved more difficult recently and Darren’s continued desire to play and his loyalty to both his club and country has probably compromised the chances of optimising his own health and fitness.

“He has therefore accepted medical advice to take an extended break from the demands of training and playing in order to afford the best chance possible of achieving full remission once again.

Time out: Fletcher has taken a break from the game to improve his health

Time out: Fletcher has taken a break from the game to improve his health

Time out: Fletcher has taken a break from the game to improve his health

What is ulcerative colitis

According to the NHS, it is a chronic condition that affects the colon.

Symptoms include bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, frequent need to go to the toilet and weight loss.

The condition causes the colon to become inflamed and in severe cases, ulcers can form on the lining of the colon.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can flare up and disappear for months or even years.

At its most severe, the entire colon can become inflamed (known as pancolitis). This form of ulcerative colitis is particularly challenging to treat.

It is estimated that there are 10 new cases a year out of every 100,000 people.

Around 100,000 people in England are affected, with people usually initially affected between the ages of 15 and 30.

One in five people have severe symptoms often respond less well to medication.

In these cases,surgery may be required to remove the colon.

“We request that his privacy is respected and hope that the removal of the additional stress associated with speculation regarding his health will also aid his recovery.”

Fletcher made only one start for United last term after March 1 and was an unused substitute for the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.

He has made 10 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils during the current campaign, with the last coming on November 22.

The news is a huge blow for United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who now has to plan for the coming months without another key player.

Anderson is another long-term midfield absentee. The Brazilian is sidelined until February following a knee injury.

And Tom Cleverley may not return until early January after picking up an ankle knock earlier in the season.

But Nemanja Vidic”s recent injury could force Fergie into the winter transfer market.

The United captain is out for the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligaments in the Champions League defeat to FC Basle.

PhilJones had been expected to drop back in to cover the hole in defence, but that would now leave the team short on midfield cover.

Scotland boss Craig Levein said: “I am obviously absolutely devastated for Darren because I know how hard he has worked to get back to playing regularly for his club and country.

Huge blow: Scotland will also feel Fletcher

Huge blow: Scotland will also feel Fletcher”s absence

“He is one of the most inspirational players I have had the pleasure of working with and on behalf of his Scotland team-mates and my backroom staff I sincerely hope this time off, allied to the support of his family, will enable him to make a full recovery.

“Darren has shown tremendous dedication and fortitude, demonstrated by his ability to overcome this illness and perform at the highest level for Manchester United and Scotland.

“I spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson and Darren this week and the most important thing at this stage is for the player to be given time to rest and recuperate.

“Nobody is more committed to his country”s cause than our captain. He is a central part of our plans for the World Cup 2014 qualifiers but at this stage his health is paramount and I would like to reiterate the best wishes of everyone at involved with the national team and the Scottish FA.”

Neil Lennon: Players need to confront depression

Lennon: Players need to come forward to end depression anguish

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has urged football players to overcome the stigma of depression and seek help if affected by mental illness.

Lennon revealed he had helped “a couple of younger players at our club” deal with depression.

The Hoops boss, 40, who suffers from the illness, did not go into detail about his dealings with the Parkhead players but urged anyone who is affected not to be “ashamed” to seek help.

Feeling lonely: Lennon has urged players to come forward if they are suffering from depression

Feeling lonely: Lennon has urged players to come forward if they are suffering from depression

“It”s not a sign of laziness, or nothing to be ashamed of, it”s a very difficult situation to deal with,” he said.

“People say “go on holiday”, “go and have a rest” but you take (the depression) with you.

“The best thing I”ve found over the years to cope with it is to talk about it, get professional help and if there is a tablet you have to take that suits you, then do that.

“Some of the strongest, most intelligent, driven individuals in the history of the world have suffered from depression.

“It usually hits people who are pretty driven. I”ve been able to deal with it a lot better since I”ve been able to talk about it.

“It”s a fantastic feeling when you come out the other side of it and it”s a place you don”t want to go to again.

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“I would implore anybody out there, footballers or from any other walk of life, if you are struggling or are feeling depressed – it”s not a question of feeling down.

“This thing stays with you 24/7, the low mood, the anxiety, the stress – just go and speak to somebody about it, whether it be a loved one or a professional person, and it halves the problem for you.”