Following a season in which world No. 1 Tiger Woods battled several injuries en route to Player of the Year honors, it appears his gold-medalist girlfriend is now on the shelf for the second time in a year as she prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in February.
According to a Ski Racing report, Lindsey Vonn suffered a knee injury Tuesday while training in Colorado, one that required an immediate MRI. Vonn has spent much of 2013 rehabbing from a crash in February that tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee.
"Lindsey crashed earlier this morning while training at Copper Mountain in Colorado," Vonn's publicist, Lewis Kay, told NBC Sports in an e-mail. "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."
Since they went public with their relationship in March, Woods and Vonn have been seen together often, both on and off the golf course. This past Sunday, the pair were on the sidelines in Denver for the NFL game between the Broncos and Chiefs.
In an interview earlier this year with Vogue magazine, Vonn offered insight on what it would be like for her to get back on the slopes following her earlier crash.
"I mean, I'm hoping that it won't affect me," said Vonn. "But I foresee that maybe if conditions are bad, like they were when I crashed, I might have more hesitation than I normally would. And you can't really have that if you're trying to be the fastest."