World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn crashed out of Saturday’s super-G race in Andorra and was taken off the slope on a sled after receiving medical attention at the side of the course.
No immediate information was available on the American’s condition, but her team quoted an eyewitness on Twitter as saying the “fall wasn’t hard.”
Vonn, chasing her fifth overall World Cup title, was leading by 0.32 seconds when she appeared to lean too far into a turn and slid into the safety fencing. When she failed to get up, medical staff rushed to her aid.
The start of the race in Soldeu had been delayed by three hours because of heavy snow and high winds. Winner Federica Brignone of Italy, who started with bib No. 8, admitted she was lucky to get down the shortened course before more snow started falling.
“When I went down it was really good,” Brignone said of the weather after finishing 0.13 seconds ahead of American Laurenne Ross.
“It was not the best conditions for the best racers … but I took advantage of my luck.”
Vonn, who started 16th, was followed down by her biggest rival Lara Gut of Switzerland, who skied a conservative race, finishing 1.15 seconds off the pace, and moved up to eight points behind Vonn in the overall competition.