Thank God the Lindsey Vonn crash at the World Cup earlier today left her with only a bruised bone in her left arm and does not thwart her chances at Olympic gold next February in Vancouver. See photos plus video of the crash below.
Lindsey Vonn, who was competing at the World Cup giant slalom on Monday in Lienz, Austria, crashed in the opening run after she lost her balance and ended up hitting a gate and lost one of her skis.
She was able to get up and get down the mountain on her own before she was taken to a local hospital, where x-rays and an MRI revealed a bruise on a bone in her left arm, no fractures or breaks, according to Richard Quincy, the U.S. team medical director. Thomas Vonn, Lindsey’s husband, said:
“It has tiny stress fractures inside and massive internal bruising and swelling. Basically what it means is she can ski as soon as she can handle the pain. She will be testing it out tomorrow morning to see if she can race in the slalom.”
Vonn was in the overall lead of the World cup standings after winning the super combined and placed third in the super-G in Val D’Isere, France before the event in Lienz. Good friend Maria Riesch of Germany is 50 points behind Vonn in the overall standings, and was clearly shaken by Vonn’s injury, who started right after her, ended up missing a gate and did not finish. Kathrin Hoelzl (Germany), ended up winning the race.
Vonn said on her website, “Hurting my arm is way better than hurting one of my legs!” She has her arm in a splint right now, and will decide tomorrow if she will ski in the slalom.
At least this will not prevent her from competing at the Olympics. We wish you a speedy recovery Lindsey – see you in Vancouver!
See pictures and the Lindsey Vonn crash video below.
Photo: Wikipedia.org/Gerwig Loffelholz