American skier Lindsey Vonn (and rumored new girlfriend of golfer Tiger Woods) took a nasty spill during the super-G race at the world championships in Schladming, Austria Tuesday (Feb. 5) and had to be airlifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital, reports the AP.
Vonn was leading in the race with the top split time until she crashed coming off a jump about halfway through the course. Upon landing, the 28-year-old Olympic gold medalist hit an awkward angle with her right leg, as you can see in the above video of the incident.
Serviceman Heinz Hammerle says he believes Vonn sustained an injury to her right knee.
Vonn has won 18 of the last 28 super-G races. She earned a gold medal in the women’s downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and is expected to compete in the same event plus the super-G at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
We’ll keep you updated as more details emerge about her injury. These sports can be so dangerous. Just last week, snowmobile athlete Caleb Moore was killed after a crash at the Winter X Games.
UPDATE: Vonn is done for the season, as the skier tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial
collateral ligament in her right knee, says U.S. team medical director Kyle
Wilkens said in a statement.