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Lindsey Vonn hurt in training crash (updates)

Nov 19, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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Lindsey Vonn crashed and will undergo an MRI on an injured knee in training at Copper Mountain, Colo., on Tuesday, according to Ski Racing magazine.

The report did not say which knee. She blew out her right knee in a crash at the World Championships in February and was expected to return for her first races since on Thanksgiving weekend in Beaver Creek.

The report said the U.S. Ski Team confirmed Vonn crashed and that she was getting checked out.

“No details yet. Yes she did crash and is being evaluated now,” the U.S. Ski Team said in an email.

The U.S. Ski Team said it won’t report more details until after the evaluation when asked if Vonn injured a knee in the crash, if so which knee it was and if she was getting an MRI as reported.

Vonn was being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope on a sled, the Associated Press confirmed.

“We have no reason to believe it’s anything significant right now,” U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said, according to the AP.

Vonn’s publicist, Lewis Kay, said this in an email:

“Lindsey crashed earlier this morning while training at Copper Mountain in Colorado. She was not admitted to the hospital and is currently being evaluated by [U.S. women’s ski team] Dr. [Bill] Sterett back in Vail. We expect to have clarity on the situation in the next 24 hours.

We will provide updates when we know more and appreciate your patience.”

Junior skier Maris Van Slyke posted a photo of Vonn on Twitter and confirmed via replies to reporters that she saw Vonn limping and holding onto coaches’ shoulders. Van Slyke said on Twitter that Vonn wasn’t putting any weight on her right leg.

  1. it's all bs - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    bad mo jo……just saying!!!

  2. mogogo1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I hope it isn’t serious. Unfortunately, it’s a tough sport under the best of circumstances and this is anything but the best of circumstances. Her injury was in February and she was back on the slopes in September. Not much recovery time for a major injury like that.

  3. drelms - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    1 2 3 Crash, guess she was thinking too much about satisfying her cheating boyfriend

    • sarasotan - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      She is hardly the only athlete who is dating another athlete. Drelms, your comment is absurd and tasteless.

  4. sailbum7 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Hopefully it is nothing serious. She is one of the best chances the US has for a gold medal in skiing at the Olympics.

  5. bygd1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    She was in Denver at Bronco’s game on sideline with Tigger….. I agree she either needs to be a girlfriend/tiger groupie or concentrate on Skiing if not it will get her killed He is worthless to waster her life on him

  6. muir6 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Dreams you r boring

  7. muir6 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Tiger comments made by the bored and stupid stop spending your lives worried bout famous people read a book

  8. aa1829 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    I am sure there is a large comfy bed awaiting her at her friends house for as long as necessary.

  9. blynch67 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Come ON! It wasn’t until VERY last sentence in this article that anyone gave any indication whether it was her right or left knee. . That’s important to know, after all.

    Poorly written.

    • mogogo1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      That wasn’t known initially. And to some extent, it may not even matter. What would be worse: Having both knees injured, or re-injuring the already bad one? Neither is what you’d hope for.

      You could almost see this coming. She’d made numerous comments over the past couple weeks about “kicking butt” and how great she was doing. Reminiscent of RG3’s Gatorade commercial–like tempting fate coming off that short of a recovery.

  10. Nick Zaccardi - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Sorry, these are updates as the afternoon went on. I’m waiting on word from a doctor or official about her evaluation to draw a full conclusion.

  11. cliverush - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    This young lady has a history of injuries which goes along with her all out style going down the mountain. It is a sport that many of us who competed at any level know of the dangers but love the thrill. The USA is blessed with a group of young skiers ready to take the torch.

  12. doctorrustbelt - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    lindsey vonn makes Lolo Jones seem less annoying and normal.

  13. drelms - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    tiger tiger tiger tiger tiger ha ha ha

  14. Nick Zaccardi - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Reasonable gripe. Hopefully we find out more Wednesday.

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