Lindsey Vonn Suffers Hairline Fracture to Knee


Lindsey Vonn during the World Cup super-G race on Saturday.

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SOLDEU, Andorra — Lindsey Vonn sustained a hairline fracture to her left knee after falling heavily during a World Cup super-G race here on Saturday.

The American racer, who has a history of knee injuries, was evacuated on a ski-stretcher after lying prone for several minutes.

“Got caught in the soft snow today and crashed pretty hard,” Vonn wrote on her Instagram account next to a picture of her knee with a large ice pack on it. “X-rays showed I have a hairline fracture in my left knee and will get an M.R.I. on Monday.”

Despite the injury, Vonn did not rule out competing in Sunday’s super combined race at the same venue. “I will wait and see how I feel tomorrow to decide if I can race,” she wrote. “Will keep you updated.”

Vonn had been in a battle with Lara Gut of Switzerland for the overall World Cup title and was 23 points ahead at the start of the race.

She started well in poor visibility but failed to hold a corner late in the course and crashed off the piste.

With Gut next in line at the start, the race was interrupted for several minutes as assistance was sent.

Vonn was unable to stand and was taken away down the slope on a ski-stretcher to be taken to an Andorra hospital.

Saturday’s race had been due to start in midmorning but was delayed for three hours because of the difficult conditions.

Considered one of the greatest skiers of all time, Vonn has won Olympic and world titles in the speed disciplines and has taken the overall World Cup crystal globe four times, most recently in 2012. But she has been hampered by knee injuries since then, missing most of the 2013 and 2014 seasons to undergo surgery.

She had been back to near her best this year at age 31.

Saturday’s race was won by Federica Brignone of Italy, who went out early before the snowfall increased in intensity.

She clocked 57.33 seconds on a shortened course, 0.13 of a second better than Laurenne Ross of the United States and 0.37 better than Tamara Tippler of Austria.

Gut placed 16th and moved within eight points of the stricken Vonn in the overall standings.

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