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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.

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Ugandan Olympian’s body shuts down at World Cross-Country Champs (video)

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Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei went from leading the race to finishing 30th in the final kilometer at the World Cross-Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday.

Cheptegei, a 20-year-old Olympian, saw his body shut down in the last four minutes of his race.

His stride shortened. His pace slowed. Cheptegei appeared on the verge of falling. At one point, a teammate deliberately pushed him from behind to keep going.

Cheptegei led by 12 seconds going into the final two-kilometer lap. He would finish 1 minute, 44 seconds behind Kenyan winner Geoffrey Kamworor, with 28 other runners separating them after the 10km race that took about a half-hour.

Cheptegei’s body movement looked similar to that of British triathlete Jonny Brownlee, who had to be helped to the finish line by brother Alistair Brownlee at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico, in September.

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Mark McMorris hospitalized after snowboarding accident

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Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris suffered several injuries including a fractured jaw, fractured left arm, ruptured spleen, stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung during a backcountry snowboarding trip Saturday, according to Canada Snowboard.

McMorris underwent surgery to control bleeding from the spleen on Saturday. He underwent another surgery to repair the jaw and arm fractures Sunday and was resting in Vancouver General Hospital on Monday morning.

“While both the mandible and humerus fractures were complicated injuries, the surgeries went very well, and both fractures are now stabilized to heal in excellent position,” Canada Snowboard team physician Dr. Rodney J. French said, according to the press release. “It is too early to speculate on a timeline for Mark’s recovery.”

McMorris, 23, won bronze in the first Olympic snowboard slopestyle event in Sochi, competing 12 days after breaking a rib.

McMorris has been considered a threat for two gold medals in PyeongChang, with the addition of big air. He earned Winter X Games medals in both slopestyle and big air in 2015, 2016 and 2017, including double gold in 2015.

He has already come back in this Olympic cycle from breaking his right femur in an Air and Style big air run in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2016 (video here). His rehab has been extensively documented by Canadian media.

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