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Lindsey Vonn hurt in training crash (updates)

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Lindsey Vonn crashed and will undergo an MRI on an injured knee in training at Copper Mountain, Colo., on Tuesday, according to Ski Racing magazine.

The report did not say which knee. She blew out her right knee in a crash at the World Championships in February and was expected to return for her first races since on Thanksgiving weekend in Beaver Creek.

The report said the U.S. Ski Team confirmed Vonn crashed and that she was getting checked out.

“No details yet. Yes she did crash and is being evaluated now,” the U.S. Ski Team said in an email.

The U.S. Ski Team said it won’t report more details until after the evaluation when asked if Vonn injured a knee in the crash, if so which knee it was and if she was getting an MRI as reported.

Vonn was being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope on a sled, the Associated Press confirmed.

“We have no reason to believe it’s anything significant right now,” U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said, according to the AP.

Vonn’s publicist, Lewis Kay, said this in an email:

“Lindsey crashed earlier this morning while training at Copper Mountain in Colorado. She was not admitted to the hospital and is currently being evaluated by [U.S. women’s ski team] Dr. [Bill] Sterett back in Vail. We expect to have clarity on the situation in the next 24 hours.

We will provide updates when we know more and appreciate your patience.”

Junior skier Maris Van Slyke posted a photo of Vonn on Twitter and confirmed via replies to reporters that she saw Vonn limping and holding onto coaches’ shoulders. Van Slyke said on Twitter that Vonn wasn’t putting any weight on her right leg.

https://twitter.com/Maris_Claire/status/402876206510391296

Mikaela Shiffrin wrestles with doubt in seconds before World Cup downhill debut

Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, skis during the third training run for the World Cup women's downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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After a momentary panic in the start house, Mikaela Shiffrin raced to a tie for 18th in the first downhill of her World Cup career in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Shiffrin, the youngest Olympic slalom champion who has also won a World Cup giant slalom, has been slowly adding the speed events of super-G and downhill to her repertoire the last two seasons.

“It wasn’t bad,” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com. “I certainly didn’t risk anything crazy.”

Her result Friday, 1.99 seconds behind Slovenian winner Ilka Stuhec, came after Shiffrin was 18th, 24th and 30th fastest in downhill training runs the previous three days. Shiffrin also had to wait several minutes in the start house as the racer before her crashed (video here).

“That was just a bummer,” Shiffrin said, according to the Denver Post. “I was like, ‘Just don’t let it affect you,’ but being up there for 10 minutes, like, ‘What happened? What’s taking them so long? What’s going on? Is she hurt?’

“Then I started doubting myself, like my technique going off the jumps, which is actually pretty good. I was going back and forth between, ‘Should I even be doing this? Maybe I just should pull out because I don’t want to kill myself.’ Then I’m like, ‘You’re absolutely fine, you haven’t felt sketched out a single time on this track in the past three days, so stick with that. You don’t have to go crazy.'”

“To be fast in speed there certainly needs to be a certain level of risk, and I know that, but now, if [giant slalom] and slalom are my main priority this season, I don’t need to be going crazy in a downhill with flat light and after I got iced [waiting so long],” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com.

Stuhec won Friday’s race by .22 of a second over Italian Sofia Goggia. Swede Kajsa Kling was third.

A race replay can be seen here. Full results are here.

Lindsey Vonn, owner of a record 18 wins at Lake Louise, is missing the annual World Cup stop in Alberta due to a broken arm from a November crash. Vonn had raced at Lake Louise each of the previous 15 seasons.

Last season, Shiffrin made her World Cup debut in the super-G at Lake Louise and finished 15th.

The women have another downhill Saturday and a super-G on Sunday in Lake Louise, both streaming live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app (schedule here).

MORE: Vonn eyes January return from her most painful injury

High-speed crash at World Cup downhill in Lake Louise (video)

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Swiss Joana Haehlen crashed into netting at high speed during a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Haehlen, 24, lost her right ski after landing from a jump and sped uncontrollably off course. She braced for impact, slammed into red netting and was turned around before landing with neither of her skis still attached.

She lay on the snow while being attended to and eventually skied down the mountain on her own.

It caused a 10-minute delay before the next skier, American Mikaela Shiffrin, could take her run.

VIDEO: Vonn details the most painful injury of her career