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Lindsey Vonn partially tears right knee ligament at Copper Mountain Resort

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2013 file photo, Lindsey Vonn speaks at a press conference at Gold Peak, Vail, Colo. Reigning Olympic downhill champion Vonn has crashed while training ahead of her return to racing following major knee surgery. U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly says Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, that Vonn is being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope at Copper Mountain, Colo., on a sled. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File)
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VAIL — Lindsey Vonn’s publicist says the reigning Olympic downhill champion partially tore a ligament in her surgically repaired right knee during a training crash less than three months before the Sochi Games.

Lewis Kay said in an email Wednesday that along with a mild strain in the same knee Vonn hurt in a high-speed fall at the world championships in February, she has “minor facial abrasions” and a bruised shoulder blade.

What was not immediately clear: When Vonn might be able to compete and how Tuesday’s injuries might affect her Olympic hopes.



Kay says Vonn will rest for a few days, “then will pursue aggressive physical therapy,” before deciding when to try to race.

Vonn had been aiming to return to World Cup action next week.


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