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U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn injured in crash

Associated Press All it took was a moment. Lindsey Vonn landed hard and tumbled face first with a piercing shriek. Just like that, her season was done. The star American skier was on the ground with two ligaments in her right knee torn, a bone in her lower leg broken. The cascading fall down the slope during the super-G at the world championships Tuesday in Schladming, Austria, knocked out the four-time World Cup champion for the rest of the season. The U.S. team released a statement saying it expects her back for the next World Cup season and 2014 Sochi Olympics. The harrowing accident came after Vonn was lifted into the air off a jump in the opening race at the championships. As she hit the ground, her right leg gave way and she spun down face first, throwing an arm out to protect herself. She ended up on her back as she smashed through a gate. On the television feed, Vonn was clearly heard screaming an expletive as she landed, then a despairing “Yes, yes,” when someone asked, “Are you hurt?” For 12 minutes, Vonn lay on the snow getting medical treatment before being airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Schladming. Vonn tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens said. The broken bone was described as a “lateral tibial plateau fracture.”

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