Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn was airlifted off a mountain in Austria today after an ugly crash during the women's Super-G competition. Vonn is in Schladming, Austria to compete in the alpine skiing world championships.
The four-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist was trailing eventual winner Tina Maze of Slovenia by just 0.12 seconds when she lost her balance after landing a jump. A YouTube video of the crash shows Vonn tumbling out of control and striking a gate. An International Skiing Federation official told NBC that she suffered a "cruciate and lateral ligament" injury to her right knee. Vonn, 28, was treated on the slope for 12 minutes before being airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment.
This is not the first time the skier has made headlines for a hospital visit recently. Vonn just returned to the racing circuit last month after spending two days hospitalized with severe intestinal pain. Leading up to today's Super-G competition she told reporters, "I'm definitely getting ready to get my game face on."
In addition to hospitalization headlines, Vonn has faced increased media scrutiny lately over her purported romantic relationship with Tiger Woods.