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Vonn sustains partial ACL tear in fall

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Olympic downhill skiing champion Lindsey Vonn suffered a partial tear to the ACL in her right knee and minor cuts and bruises on her body during a fall in training on Tuesday at Copper Mountain in Colorado, her publicist said.

Lewis Kay said in a statement on Wednesday that Vonn will "pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment." Vonn plans to rest for a few days before further examination.

The 29-year-old Vonn was evaluated in Vail, Colo., by her doctor, Bill Sterett.

Earlier this year, she tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee and fractured her tibia during a crash in Austria.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association posted a statement on its website on Tuesday that read in part, "(Vonn) was not admitted to the hospital but was undergoing further evaluation, as is typical after a crash."

Vonn is preparing to return to racing at a World Cup event on Nov. 29 in Beaver Creek, Colo., and aiming for the Sochi Olympics in February.

A four-time overall world champion, Vonn became the first American woman to win the Olympic downhill title at the Vancouver Games in 2010.
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