Lindsey Vonn Airlifted to Hospital After Crash

Race had been delayed due to visibility issues

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 5, 2013 9:32 AM CST

(Newser) Lindsey Vonn was taken to a hospital by helicopter today after crashing and apparently hurting her right knee 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.

The race, which was postponed for 3.5 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. Vonn trailed Tina Maze of Slovenia, who won gold, by 0.12 seconds shortly before the crash. The US ski team said it had no immediate information on her condition.

United States’?Lindsey?Vonn is airlifted after crashing during the women's super-G course, at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Feb.5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A helicopter transports United States' Lindsey Vonn off the slope after she fell during the women's super-G at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Feb.5,2013.   (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
United States’?Lindsey?Vonn is airlifted by an helicopter after crashing during the women's super-G course, at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Feb.5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Laura Kildow sister United States' Lindsey Vonn reacts after Vonn crashed during the women's super-G at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Tuesday, Feb.5,2013.   (Kerstin Joensson)
Slovenia's Tina Maze reacts after learning that United States' Lindsey Vonn crashed during the women's super-G at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Tuesday, Feb.5,2013.   (Matthias Schrader)
United States’ Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course during the women's super-G course, at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2013.   (Luca Bruno)
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