Openings Ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are one year from today. Sadly for fans of the U.S. athletes, there is already one unfortunate headline. On Tuesday, skier Lindsey Vonn crashed during the opening event of the World Championships in Schladming, Austria. Vonn fell in the early portion of the women's super-G, tearing both the ACL and MCL in her right knee. She also broke the tibia in that leg.
Vonn from airlifted from the slope by helicopter after being treated for nearly fifteen minutes. Her knee will be operated on early next week at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. William Sterett, physician for the U.S. ski team, will perform the procedure. Based on the severity of the internal damage, early guesstimates put Vonn's return to the slopes late this fall, perhaps in October. That would likely give her enough time to get into race shape for what will certainly be her final Olympic run.
Julia Mancuso of the U.S. finished third in the race, which was won by Tina Maze of Slovenia, who is the overall leader in points in this year's world cup standings.
In better news from the World Championships, American Ted Ligety won the men's super-G on Wednesday. Ligety, who finished second in this discipline four years ago, won by .20 seconds over Gauthier De Tessieres of France.