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Vail’s Vonn escapes major injury in fall

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
AP PhotoLindsey Vonn, of the United States, reacts after winning an alpine ski World Cup Women's Slalom, in Levi, Finland, Saturday.

VAIL, Colorado ” World Cup overall and downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, of Vail, fell during training for super-G Wednesday at Copper Mountain.

She was seen at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic at the Vail Valley Medical Center and released Wednesday afternoon pending further observation by doctors.

According to U.S. Ski Team medical director Richard Quincy, she was seen by the U.S. Women’s Alpine Ski Team’s Dr. William Sterett who indicated that she suffered a bruised left knee; there was no ligament or cartilage damage. A decision on her return is pending further evaluation.

Her strength in the speed events, Vonn started her overall title defense last weekend with a slalom win in Levi, Finland, last weekend.

Already the most accomplished women’s skier in U.S. history, Vonn had returned to Colorado to train in anticipation of the North American leg of the World Cup tour, including the Aspen Winternational races over Thanksgiving weekend. U.S. Ski Team press officer Doug Haney said her status for Aspen would be determined Monday.

After a giant slalom and slalom in Aspen, Vonn’s next events are downhills and a super-G Dec. 5-7 at Lake Lousie, Alberta, where she has been utterly dominant. She has four World Cup wins in as many years at Lake Louise.

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