Lindsey Vonn Crash Serious? Injured Knee Potential Skiing Problem For 2014 Olympics In Sochi [PHOTOS]

By Ani Palen November 20, 2013 2:28 PM EST
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. skis during the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming February 5, 2013. Vonn suffered a serious crash in race on the opening day of the championships on Tuesday and had to be airlifted to hospital. (Photo: Reuters)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. skis during the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming February 5, 2013. Vonn suffered a serious crash in race on the opening day of the championships on Tuesday and had to be airlifted to hospital. (Photo: Reuters)

Is Lindsey Vonn's latest crash serious? Her injured knee may keep her from skiing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but fans remain hopeful. In an official statement to the Associated Press Vonn's publicist explained: "We have no reason to believe it's anything significant right now." Hours later Christopher Carey of The New York Times tweeted, "Lindsey Vonn strained right knee, partially tore right ACL. Resting for a few days. Will receive vigorous physical therapy. Future uncertain." 

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This injury is the second in the past year for the Olympic gold medalist, and it comes just three months after returning to the slopes from a previous severe knee injury she sustained last February, the result of a high-speed accident at the Alpine Ski World Championships in Austria. Vonn's injury at the time was so serious that it required knee reconstruction surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL, and fractured tibia.

With the Sochi Olympics less than three months away the revelation of a strained knee and partially torn ACL does not bode well for her ability to compete. The good news, according to USA Today Sports, is that immediately following the crash Vonn was not admitted to the hospital and instead was evaluated by her long-time doctor. A sign that this injury is not nearly as bad as her last, meaning it may be possible for Vonn to compete in the Sochi Olympics.

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is airlifted after crashing during the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming February 5, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is airlifted after crashing during the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming February 5, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Vonn is no stranger to the hardships and perseverance Olympians must endure in the sport of competitive skiing. This is the woman who won the World Cup championship three consecutive years in a row and has proven herself to be one of the most competitive athletes in the sport. In an interview with USA Today Sports before the season Vonn had explained: "I'm a little bit reckless. It's really rare that I'm afraid to do something. Usually people have to hold me back. I like to do things fast. I drive a car too fast. I jet ski too fast. I'm pretty fearless all around." The decision will ultimately be up to Vonn and her team of doctors and surgeons.

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