Fri. Nov 22nd, 2019

Vonn shaken by injury scare


Lindsey Vonn of USA reacts during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Super G in St Moritz, Switzerland on Dec 9, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

ST MORITZ, Switzerland – American Lindsey Vonn sustained an injury during the World Cup super-G race in St Moritz on Saturday as Switzerland’s Lara Gut crashed halfway down the course.

Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion and considered the finest woman skier of her generation, fell to the ground grimacing after crossing the finishing line before she staggered away with what appeared to be either a hip or back injury.

Vonn, who finished 24th, spent just under an hour in the medical treatment tent before being escorted to a waiting car and being driven away. The 33-year-old walked the few meters to the car with great difficulty.

An ambulance was called but was not needed.

With two months to go before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Vonn said on Twitter that she had “an acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction” but said she might still compete in Sunday’s race – another super-G.

“I got compressed on the sixth gate and my back seized up. Rested and had a lot of therapy tonight. We will see how I feel tomorrow and then decide if I will race,” she said.

The US team said Vonn “skied through pain but didn’t have power to push”.

Vonn, a downhill gold medalist in Vancouver in 2010, missed the 2014 Games in Sochi because of a knee injury.

Gut, recently recovered from a serious knee injury, lost her balance high on the course, fell and flew into the safety netting. She was able to walk away after being disentangled by course officials.

Gut, the overall World Cup winner in 2016 and bronze medalist in the downhill in Sochi, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in her knee at the same venue at the world championships in February.

The race, on a shortened course, was held in difficult conditions and was interrupted several times as wind blew clouds of snow across the course.

Switzerland’s Jasmine Flury, who had never previously finished on the podium in a World Cup race, was a surprise winner in one minute 2.59 seconds after starting from 14th.

The 24-year-old finished 0.10 seconds ahead of compatriot Michelle Gisin while Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather was third.

Flury admitted she had enjoyed the best of the changeable conditions.

“I don’t know what to say, unbelievable,” she said. “Everything went well – no wind, good vision, sun.”

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