A crash that caused skier Lindsey Vonn to be taken off the slopes via helicopter has also cut her ski season short. Thankfully it looks like she will be fine but no more slopes for her this year.
The Olympic champion took a frightening spill during the Alpine World Championships in Austria on Tuesday. According to The New York Times Vonn’s right knee bent awkwardly as she landed a jump right before she literally somersaulted down the mountain. If it sounds like a scary sight, it was. Lindsey had to be airlifted to the hospital, yes it was that bad. Her rep released the below statement regarding the blonde beauty.
“Lindsey was involved in a crash in today’s World Championship Super G race in Schladming, Austria. She is currently being evaluated and we will provide an update when it becomes available.”
A spokesperson for the Alpine Press sent out a Tweet not long after the accident occurred.
“Doctor on hill with @linseyvonn suspects tibial plateau fracture. We’ll await official diagnosis following X-rays and MRI.”
Turns out the official diagnosis is that she tore two knee ligaments and will of course need surgery, something that is always a tough struggle for an athlete. Actually it is a tough struggle for anyone but with an athlete of Lindsey’s caliber, it can be bad for business.
It has been confirmed that since she will need reconstructive surgery, her current ski season is dunzo. The team is hoping that she will be back in full form by the 2013-14 World Cup season, which begins in October and of course for the 2014 Winter Games in Russia.
Championship skier Lindsey Vonn suffered a serious knee injury today. Although it hasn’t ended her career, she does have a long road of recovery ahead of her. If you think about it she needs to be back in full force by October for World Cup season and that really isn’t that far away considering she will be recovery from surgery. Here is hoping that Lindsey takes the time to heal her knee properly and that she is back on the slopes by not only the World Cup but for the Winter Olympics next year as well. Feel free to check out her crash in the below video and let me know what you think of this not so great news.