SCHLADMING, Austria - American skiing star and Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn is hospitalized after suffering a serious crash during the opening race of the world championships in Austria Tuesday.
The 28-year-old two-time world champion and Olympic gold-medallist landed on the side of her ski after a jump during the opening super-G race and flipped over before crashing into a gate.
Austria's ski federation president says doctors told him that Vonn tore her cruciate and lateral ligaments. Peter Schroecksnadel adds that this is "the only injury she has, nothing besides this."
Vonn received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being airlifted off the mountain by helicopter.
She trailed race leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.12 seconds shortly before the crash.
The race, which was postponed for 3 1/2 hours because of fog, restarted after a 15-minute delay.
Photos posted by Getty showed Vonn being airlifted off the slope at the World Cup Ladies' Super G here after being treated on the ground by medics.
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