Lindsey Vonn to Receive Physical Therapy Following Skiing Crash, Results Will Determine Racing Future
UPDATE: US Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly tells Us Weekly, "Olympic gold medalist and four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn sustained a mild strain to her right knee, a partial tear to her right ACL, minor facial abrasions and scapular contusions as a result of a downhill training fall Tuesday on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in Vail, Colorado. Vonn plans to rest for a few days before pursuing physical therapy. U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens reported her response to the therapy would ultimately determine the timetable for her return to active training."
Original Article: She may hold the current title for Olympic downhill champion after winning the gold medal at the 2010 games, but it's not clear whether Lindsey Vonn will be able to compete in the next winter games.
Tom Kelly, the US Ski Team spokesman confirmed to Us Weekly that Vonn had sustained an injury during practice.
"Lindsey did crash in downhill training today at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain," he said. "She is being evaluated to determine if there are any injuries, as is standard procedure. We'll have a report once we know more."
The 29-year-old athlete was training to return to downhill racing following major surgery on her right knee. Early reports show no indication as to whether this latest injury involves her pre-existing knee issues.
Vonn, who has won the World Cup four times, was set to compete in the race next week in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The Sochi Winter Olympics will take place this February and there's no word yet as to if this will affect her chances at competing.
The blond racer was the first American woman to take home the gold medal in downhill skiing. She's currently dating pro golfer Tiger Woods, and the two attended a Denver Broncos game together on Nov. 17.