Lindsey Vonn injured in training crash

Skier Lindsey Vonn (left) and Tiger Woods watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Denver Broncos...

Skier Lindsey Vonn (left) and Tiger Woods watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Denver Broncos Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 6:37 PM ET

Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn's comeback could be on hold.

Vonn crashed during a downhill training run Tuesday at Copper Mountain, Colo., as she prepared to make her return from major reconstructive knee surgery at a World Cup race next weekend in nearby Beaver Creek. The four-time overall World Cup champion was taken off the slope on a sled, reportedly standard procedure in crashes.

According to USA Today, Vonn's publicist, Lewis Kay, said in a statement she had not been admitted to a hospital but was being evaluated by her doctor, Bill Sterett, in Vail.

The U.S. Ski Team believes Vonn's injury is not serious but they were unsure if her knees were affected by the crash.

"We have no reason to believe it's anything significant right now," spokesman Tom Kelly told the Associated Press.

Ski Racing magazine reported that Vonn will have an MRI done on her knee.

Vonn, 29, had surgery on her right knee Feb. 5 after a crash at the world championships left her with a broken tibia and torn ligaments. She said in recent weeks that the knee had healed 100% and she's had no pain or swelling since returning to training.

But if there is new damage to her right knee, Vonn could be unable to ski at the Sochi Olympics, which get underway in two and a half months. The women's downhill is scheduled for Feb. 12.


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