Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to a local hospital after a crash during the super-G at the world championships in Austria. On Feb. 5, FOX Sports reported that Vonn lost her balance after a jump, injuring her right leg and sliding in to a gate before coming to a stand-still.
"Vonn received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before going to the hospital," FOX Sports reported. Her current condition is unknown but she is expected to be okay. The Olympic skier must have been in a lot of pain as the crash sounds fairly serious. It is unknown whether or not she will need surgery of any kind.
Lindsey Vonn was airlifted but according to the U.S. team, airlifting is "standard protocol." It seems highly unlikely that she will be able to return to the slopes and finish competing in the world championships. Reports have confirmed that her right knee was injured. The extent of said injuries is unknown at this time.
What exactly went wrong is also unclear but according to reports, there was dense fog in the area making it difficult for the athletes to see. The race was postponed for 3.5 hours because of the fog, which may have been a factor in Vonn's accident. There was a 15-minute delay while Vonn was being treated by paramedics.
A photo of Lindsey Vonn being airlifted can be seen here.
© Effie Orfanides 2013