Skier Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., a four-time World Cup overall champion, is done for the season after a fall Tuesday at the world championships in Austria. She has torn knee ligaments and a broken bone in her right leg.
SCHLADMING, Austria — Skier Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., landed hard and tumbled with a piercing shriek in a fall down the slope during the super-giant slalom at the world championships Tuesday.
Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion who won a gold medal in the downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, was on the ground with two torn ligaments in her right knee and a broken bone in her right leg.
U.S. team officials said they expect Vonn back for the next World Cup season and the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which start a year from this week in Russia.
Vonn, 28, ended up on her back as she smashed through a gate.
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On the television feed, Vonn was clearly heard screaming an expletive as she landed, then a despairing “Yes, yes,” when someone asked, “Are you hurt?”
For 12 minutes, Vonn lay on the snow getting medical treatment before being airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Schladming.
Vonn tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens said in a statement.
Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley, Calif., earned the bronze medal in an event won by Tina Maze of Slovenia. Lara Gut of Switzerland finished second.
Vonn has won 59 World Cup events to rank second on the women’s all-time list.
There has been speculation about an alleged relationship between Vonn and golf superstar Tiger Woods. Vonn’s divorce from her husband of more than four years, Thomas, was completed last month.