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Vonn hurt after crash at worlds

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Skier Lindsey Vonn tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in her right knee during a super-G run at the world championships Tuesday, and will miss the rest of the season.

The American gold medalist was flown by helicopter to a hospital. She lost balance on her right leg while landing after a jump. Her ski came off, and she veered into a gate.

At the time of the crash, the 28-year-old trailed race leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.12 seconds.

U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens said Vonn "tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in her knee and also suffered a lateral tibia plateau fracture," which involves the upper surface of the shin bone.

"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," the statement read.

Vonn has been slowed by injuries during sixth straight major championships. Her crash comes almost a year before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Vonn had returned to the circuit last month after missing nearly a month with an intestinal illness that had her hospitalized for two days in November.
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