Lindsey Vonn, the defending Olympic downhill skiing champion, crashed Tuesday during a training run in Copper Mountain, Colorado, according to a report from Pat Graham of the Associated Press, via ESPN.com.
Here is an excerpt from the report explaining the situation:
U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said Vonn was being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope on a sled, which he noted was “normal protocol” in such cases.
Kelly said he was not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee in the fall at the team’s speed training center.
“We have no reason to believe it’s anything significant right now,” Kelly told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Vonn tore ligaments in her right knee at the world championships in February which required major surgery.
According to the report, Vonn has been grudgingly wearing a knee brace by order of doctors.
“It’s in my best interest to play it safe,” Vonn said. “I compromised and said that as long as I don’t have to wear (the brace) for the Olympics, I’ll be fine.”
Vonn had been hoping to race in next week’s World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colorado, but those aspirations appear to be up in the air at the moment.
The Sochi Winter Olympics take place in February, one year after her accident. Here is to hoping the knee brace saved her from anything serious.
AP Report Link: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OLY_SKI_VONN_CRASHES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-11-19-14-45-46