Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Alpine Super G – St. Moritz, Switzerland – December 9, 2017 – Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. in action. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler
December 9, 2017
By Brian Homewood
ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) – American Lindsey Vonn was injured after finishing the World Cup Super G race in St Moritz on Saturday while Switzerland’s Lara Gut crashed halfway down the course.
Vonn, four-times overall World Cup champion and the finest woman skier of her generation, fell to the ground grimacing as she slowed down after the finishing line and she staggered away with what appeared to be either a hip or back injury.
Vonn spent just under an hour in the medical treatment tent before being escorted to a waiting car and driven away. The 33-year-old walked the few meters to the car with great difficulty.
An ambulance was initially called but was not needed.
U.S. team officials declined to immediately comment on her condition.
Gut, recently recovered from a serious knee injury, lost her balance high on the course, fell and flew into the safety netting. She was able to walk away after being disentangled by course officials.
Gut, the overall World Cup winner in 2016 and bronze medalist in the downhill at the Sochi Olympics, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in her knee at the same venue at the world championships in February.
The race, on a shortened course, was held in difficult conditions and was interrupted several times as wind blew clouds of sand across the course.
(Editing by Clare Fallon)