Lindsey Vonn, two-time World Cup champion, crashed today at the Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria. Vonn sustained a serious knee injury that required her to be airlifted off the mountain.
The AP reports:
The American 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 standstill.
Vonn received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being airlifted to a hospital for further treatment. According to a tweet from the Alpine Press, the doctor treating Vonn before she was airlifted suspects she sustained a tibial plateau fracture.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports that “At a meeting of team and race officials Tuesday evening, Peter Schroksnadel, the president of the Austrian ski federation, said that Vonn had injured her anterior cruciate ligament and a lateral knee ligament. Her sister, Laura Kildow, told NBC Sports that Vonn was going to need surgery. Recovery times for reconstructive knee surgeries vary greatly, but numerous ski racers with multiple ligament tears have returned to the slopes in less than a year — with unpredictable results.”
Skiier Tina Maze, who held the lead on the run at the World Cup by only .12 seconds before the crash, reacts after learning of news of the crash.