U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn had to be airlifted to a local hospital in Austria after her right knee buckled and she tumbled down a hill during the super-G on opening day this morning.
According to Peter Schroksnadel, the president of the Austrian Ski Federation, she has injured her ACL and her lateral knee ligament. Her sister, according to NBC Sports, has said that she’ll need to have surgery. Here’s a video showing what happened:
Vonn has won the Alpine Ski World Championships four times. She’s dominated the super-G circuit, winning 18 of the past 28 runs and she was well on her way to winning before she very unfortunately crashed.
Skiers have had reconstructive surgery and returned to action with varied results. Considering how the 2014 Olympics are coming up, Vonn will be looking to recover within a year. If the past year in sports has taught fans anything, it’s that ACL injuries suck.
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