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Lindsey Vonn injured in crash at world championships, airlifted from mountain

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Lindsey Vonn receives an airlift rescue on Tuesday. (AP)

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn was airlifted off a mountain in Schladming, Austria on Tuesday after crashing during the world championships. Vonn's crash came during the Super G, when she slipped and then went head over heels, with her legs getting tangled up as she hit the ground. A skiing official reported that her injury was "a cruciate and lateral ligament” injury — not a tibia, as rumored before.

[Related: Lindsey Vonn's Olympic bid in doubt after crash, injury]

Here is video of the crash:


Tuesday's race had been delayed for two hours by fog. In an earlier article that Vonn wrote for the Denver Post, she notes that weather would be a big factor for this event.

I've been trying to be patient and stay calm, but it's pretty tough with the way the weather has been. It snowed a lot Sunday night, there was no training possible Monday on the race hill, then it rained most of Monday afternoon and evening. I know they're going to try really hard to get the race off Tuesday. I have to try to stay positive and prepare for a race that I hope will happen.

Three of the next four competitors to follow Vonn also did not finish their runs, including German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who won two golds at the Vancouver Olympics. The race was eventually stopped because of weather.

[Photos of Lindsey Vonn's super-G crash]

Vonn has been in the news often in the past few months. She suffered from an intestinal illness in November that kept her off the slopes. She told People magazine that she has battled with depression. With rumors of a relationship with Tiger Woods emerging and more scrutiny on her personal life, Vonn has bodyguards with her in Austria.

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