Lindsey Vonn Airlifted to Hospital After Skiing Accident in Austria: Pictures

Celebrity News Feb. 5, 2013 AT 11:15AM
Lindsey Vonn competes during the women's Super-G event of the Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria on February 5, 2013. Lindsey Vonn competes during the women's Super-G event of the Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria on February 5, 2013. Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to a hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 5, after she crashed during the super-G (super giant slalom) at opening day of the Alpine Ski World Championships in Austria. According to reports, the 28-year-old Olympic gold-medalist injured her right knee in the accident.

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Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, apparently lost her balance while landing after a jump. Her right ski came off immediately, and she slid off course and into a gate.

Lindsey Vonn is transported by helicopter after a fall during the women's Super-G event of the Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria on February 5, 2013.
Lindsey Vonn is transported by helicopter after a fall during the women's Super-G event of the Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria on February 5, 2013.
Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

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Medical personnel tended to her injuries for 12 minutes before she was taken by helicopter to a hospital. During this time, the race -- which had already been postponed for more than three hours because of fog -- was temporarily delayed. It resumed after 15 minutes. No other information on Vonn's condition was immediately available from her U.S. team.

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ESPN reports that several skiers struggled with the conditions on Tuesday. "It's not a very difficult course, but in some parts you couldn't see anything," Swiss racer Fabienne Suter told the site.

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