Lindsey Vonn Injury: Olympic Skier Tears ACL, MCL In Super-G Crash
Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn will reportedly miss the remainder of the ski season after injuring her knee during a crash during the super-G at the Alpine world ski championships Tuesday in Schladming, Austria.
As The Inquisitr reported earlier today, the 28-year-old Vonn had to be airlifted to a hospital after she was hurt while competing in the event.
ESPN reports that the crash occurred while she tried to land following a jump during the super-G. Vonn lost balance on her right leg and the ski came off.
“She jumped a little bit in the wrong direction and started to correct that a little bit in the air and put a lot of pressure on the outside ski exactly in the landing and she couldn’t hold the pressure and then [she crashed],” International Ski Federation women’s race director Atle Skaardal said.
Vonn then kept sliding until hitting a gate and was treated on the course for 12 minutes before a helicopter arrived.
According to United States Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, the crash resulted in Vonn tearing her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee.
Wilkens added that Lindsey also suffered lateral tibial plateau fracture during her fall.
The injuries are expected to require surgery as well as a lengthy rehabilitation and could jeopardize Vonn’s 2014 Olympic bid in Sochi, Russia.
ESPN notes this is Vonn’s sixth straight major championship during which time the skier has suffered injuries.
A YouTube video of Linsdey Vonn’s crash during the 2012 alpine skiing world championships can be seen below: