World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday morning after suffering a hideous crash at the alpine skiing world championships in Austria. According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Vonn suffered a torn ACL and MCL in her right knee and a lateral tibial plateau fracture.
Vonn will be out for the remainder of the season but should be able to return for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The crash happened during the women's super-G event, and a helicopter was called immediately. Video of the crash appears to show Vonnís left knee buckling after landing a jump.
According to Ski Racing Magazine, the stadium in Schladming went silent following the injury, as skiers and spectators, who included Vonnís sister, looked on in shock.
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