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
Lindsey Vonn Airlifted to Hospital After Crash
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)

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. (More Lindsey Vonn stories.)

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