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US Skier Lindsey Vohn In The Hospital, Tested For Severe Intenstinal Pain

Vonn hasn't trained in weeks, says ski technician.
Vonn hasn't trained in weeks, says ski technician.

Some are worried about Lindsey, saying they haven’t heard from the skier since she’s been tested in a Colorado hospital, suffering from intestinal pain.

US Skier Lindsey Vonn remained hospitalized in Colorado on Tuesday. She is being treated and tested for “severe intestinal pain,” which has allegedly been affecting her for the past two weeks.

The four-time overall World Cup champion is reportedly “awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain.” Vonn’s ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, reported that this isn’t the first time Vonn has come to the hospital. But it is the first time the skier has been kept overnight.

Haemmerle, who prepares Vonn’s skis, has been on hand in Colorado waiting for her recovery. He said that Vonn hasn’t trained since the October 27 season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.

”She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting. … She’s been (to the hospital) two or three times. This is the first time she’s stayed overnight,” Haemmerle said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. ”The coaches also don’t know. First they told me we would train again Monday, then Wednesday, now the end of the week.”

”There’s been no news, so we’re kind of worried,” commented Austrian head racing director, Rainer Salzgeber. ”It’s not good.”

Both Haemmerle and Salzgeber confirmed that Vonn had no broken bones or skiing injuries.

Vonn skipped a recent slalom in Levi, Finland last weekend. Haemmerle maintains that was unrelated to Vonn’s current illness, since she had planned on picking up more practice for the upcoming Aspen slalom. Haemmerle said that Vonn attended the Snow Ball in New York after Soelden, then went to Colorado, where she is currently in the hospital.

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