According to Austrian TV, she have broken her leg (tibia). One could suspect also that her knee(s) will be in a serious mess.
Unfortunately for Vonn, I think her career might be over. Especially if the knee injuries are serious.
According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, the 28-year-old competitive skier tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL) of her right knee and suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture.
“She will be out for the remainder of this season but is expected to return to racing for the 2013-14 Audi FIS World Cup season and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia,” the U.S. team said in a statement.
Seems kinda premature to say she is expected back by the Olympics next year.
Austria ski federation president Peter Schroecksnadel said doctors told him that Vonn tore her cruciate and lateral ligaments,
adding that this is "the only injury she has, nothing besides this."
If Schroecksnadel is correct about Vonn's injuries, she would require a knee reconstruction.
That would put her on a difficult timeline for surgery and rehab before the Olympics 12 months away, but not an impossible one.
Sounds really awful.
Even if she would be able to ski again competitively would it be worth the risk of a new serious injury?
The speed downhill ski racers go at these days in incredible. Johan Clarey recently became the first racer to top 100 miles per hour, which is just insane. Most racers completely wreck their knees because the body isn't designed to take so much impact. There's a reason the downhill is considered the original extreme sport, and I'd argue it's still the most extreme sport out there.
Here's hoping Lindsay Vonn can make it back for the Olympics because she's so good and so dominant, she deserves one more chance at glory.