Lindsey Vonn fell, failed to finish her run and walked off on her own with a minor right elbow injury in a World Cup super-G race in Val d’Isere, France, on Sunday.
Vonn was 45 seconds into her run when she came off her line, clipped a gate, fell to the snow and slid for about 10 seconds to a stop. She lay on the snow while officials helped remove her skis. She got up and walked on her own power.
“The snow was kind of breaking up, I hit some soft stuff and wasn’t able to make the gate,” Vonn said. “That happens sometimes in super-G. It’s difficult to gauge how fast you’re going to be going in some sections.”
Vonn reluctantly iced her swelling right elbow and believed it was “just a bruise.”
“My knees are fine,” Vonn said. “That’s the most important thing.”
Austrian Elisabeth Goergl won, followed by countrywoman Anna Fenninger .05 of a second behind. Slovenian World Cup overall leader Tina Maze was third, .13 back.
Goergl, 33, became the oldest women’s race winner in World Cup history.
Vonn was in her fifth race this season, coming back from right knee surgeries the previous two seasons. She won twice in her previous four races this month, including a downhill Saturday, moving to within one victory of the women’s career World Cup record of 62 held by Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Proell.
“I was a little bit tired,” Vonn said. “Yesterday was a very long day.”
Vonn was skiing Sunday on the one-year anniversary of her last race of last season, before she pulled the plug on an attempted comeback for the Sochi Olympics, when her right knee gave out in a Val d’Isere downhill.
Vonn’s next race is expected to be a downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, on Jan. 10.