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Lindsey Vonn airlifted after skiing accident in Austria, out for rest of season (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Lindsey Vonn was airlifted following a skiing accident during a super-G race at the world championships in Austria. Team USA later confirmed that she tore her ACL and MCL, ending her season.

According to The Associated Press, the team said that she should be able to return for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which starts nearly a year from now. The team stated that Vonn has “a torn ACL and MCL in her right knee and a lateral tibial plateau fracture.”

ESPN reports that the crash occurred while she tried to land following a jump. She lost balance on her right leg and the ski came off. She kept sliding until hitting a gate and was treated on the course for 12 minutes before a helicopter arrived.

The race had actually been delayed by over three hours because of fog and other racers complained about the tough conditions.

The accident comes a month after she returned to the sport following a battle with an intestinal illness. It is also just the latest injury for Vonn. She had to pull out of the last world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany due to a mild concussion.

The New York Daily News notes that Vonn is a four-time World Champion and has three Olympic gold medals. She earned a bronze medal in the super-G in Vancouver in 2010.

Here is video of the accident:

 
 

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