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U.S. Ski Team coach describes Lindsey Vonn’s training crash

Nov 26, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

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Little has been reported about what exactly happened in Lindsey Vonn‘s training crash one week ago. The extent of eyewitness accounts came from a high school skier from Lake Placid, N.Y., who posted a photo on Twitter.

U.S. Ski Team coach Alex Hoedelmoser provided more details Tuesday, saying Vonn was traveling close to 60 mph in Copper Mountain, Colo., when she crashed and partially tore the ACL she previously blew out in February.

“It was just a normal downhill fall,” Hoedelmoser, who saw the crash, said Tuesday, according to the Denver Post. “It was a big turn, a little bit of a compression turn, but nothing out of the ordinary. The challenge was that it was a sunny day, and that gate was in the shade, so it was kind of hard to see.”

Hoedelmoser is not sure when Vonn will return to competition, according to the newspaper.

“It totally depends on however she is feeling, and when we get the medical clearance,” Hoedelmoser said. “I’m not the doctor, so I can’t really estimate on that.”

Vonn has “an eye at racing in Lake Louise,” Alberta, next week, according a statement from her publicist last week.

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  1. mogogo1 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Here are the dangers of having too many spokespeople: The coach says medical clearance is needed, but the publicist had already said several days ago she’d be racing within two weeks. Might have been a good idea to have the publicist say what this coach just did. That way, if she isn’t racing that quickly it doesn’t become a huge story that she’s behind schedule in her recovery.

  2. Nick Zaccardi - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    To the publicist’s defense, he didn’t say she would race Lake Louise, only that she would undergo therapy with an eye on Lake Louise. If she misses Lake Louise, I don’t think anybody should call the publicist a liar. Small difference, I know, and you make a good point regardless.

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