The four-time Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn, known for its amazing ski racing career, was injured during the Super-G Alpine World Championship, taking place in Schladming, Austria, after a tumbling crash.
She suffered a “complex knee injury” and the United States ski team announced that she would miss the rest of the season but is expected to return for the 2013-14 Audi FIS World Cup season and the Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
Hackett, the team physician with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said in a statement that Vonn has “a very good chance to return at full force”.
For approximately 12 minutes, the 28-year-old Lindsey Vonn lay down receiving medical assistance before being airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital.
Apparently Vonn was familiar with the hill that caused the accident and the weather was a possible factor.
The skier posted her concerns, in a column for the Denver Post, about weather-related problems, mentioning that she was not able to train that day because it had snowed on Sunday and official closed the course the next day. Also the race was delayed for four hours because of fog and 10 other small pauses were take during the race.
Vonn holds 59 World Cup victories, being one of the five women to won World Cup races in all five categories: super G, downhill, giant slalom, slalom and super combined.
The final podium for the Women’s Super G looked like this: 1st place Maze from Slovenia, 2nd place Lara Gut from Switzerland and 3rd place Julia Mancuso from United States.
You can watch the Lindsey Vonn airlifted and crash videos below: