Lindsey Vonn partially tears knee ligament

Lindsey Vonn partially tears knee ligament

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 25: Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 25, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lindsey Vonn

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 1:26 PM

VAIL, Colo. (AP) -- 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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