Photo of Lindsey Vonn being helped off the mountain after an apparent injury to her knee. (CREDIT: Maris Van Slyke)
COPPER MOUNTAIN - Olympic hopeful Lindsey Vonn suffered a major setback in her Olympic training after she was injured on Copper Mountain on Tuesday.
"Lindsey sustained a mild strain to her right knee, a partial tear to her right ACL, minor facial abrasions and scapular contusions from her fall," her PR agency released on Wednesday. "She needs to rest for a few days and then will pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment."
U.S. ski team spokesman Tom Kelly mirrored those updates in an email and added: "U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens reported [Vonn's] response to the therapy would ultimately determine the timetable for her return to active training."
Vonn was taken to a Vail facility for an MRI, Skiracing.com reported Tuesday after the crash. Vonn was trying to return for the World Cup races Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at Beaver Creek.
Dr. William Sterett performed knee surgery on Vonn in February after her crash at the world championships.
Vonn just came back after injuring her right knee in a crash Feb. 5 racing in the super-G world championships. During the crash Vonn injured her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament and fractured her tibial plateau.
She underwent surgery Feb. 10 in Vail and had set the 2014 Sochi Games as a target to defend her Olympic downhill title.
Vonn, who lives in Vail, has been training in Colorado, and Sunday night was at the Denver Broncos' game against Kansas City with her boyfriend, Tiger Woods.
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