Vonn’s crash occurred at high speeds as she was landing a small jump. She lost her balance and appeared to wobble on one leg before falling on her back skidding through a gate and a fence. One ski snapped off in the course of the crash. She laid in the snow and was treated on the slope for almost fifteen minutes before she was moved.
28 year-old Vonn is a four time winner of the World Cup and one time gold medalist for downhill skiing in the 2010 Winter Olympics. This injury represents the sixth straight major competition where injury prevented Vonn from competing. She is currently one year away from the Winter Olympics.
According to reports, the slopes were in dangerous condition that day. The event was delayed for over three hours due to fog. One worker on the slopes had to be airlifted to a hospital as well when he fell and broke his nose. However, a race director defended the conditions and said there were no problems.
These delays gave the skiers little advantage as they raced in waning light. The skier who competed immediately after Vonn complained of visibility. While the course isn’t difficult, it can be hard to see in some areas. One of Vonn’s teammates was able to pull through and win the bronze medal.
The skier’s history of injuries has had a negative affect on her career. She was forced to pull out midway through the last worlds in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, because of a mild concussion. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Vonn skied despite a severely bruised shin.
In 2009, she cut her thumb on a champagne bottle after sweeping gold in the downhill and super-G, which kept her out of the giant slalom. In 2007 in Sweden, Vonn injured her knee while training and missed two events. At the 2006 Turin Olympics, she had a crash in downhill training and went from her hospital room to the mountain to compete in four of her five events.