Dec 28, 2009 10:29 AM by Associated Press

American star Vonn crashes at World Cup

Olympic favorite Lindsey Vonn was taken to a hospital Monday after hurting her left arm in a crash on the opening run of a World Cup giant slalom in Austria.

Vonn at first through she had broken her arm. But a doctor at the hospital later said an X-ray and MRI exam revealed only "swelling or edema in the bone" and Vonn could be able to race in the slalom on Tuesday.

Vonn started 15th in the giant slalom and made a couple of mistakes in the early part of her run, falling more than a second behind the leading time set by Kathrin Hoelzl of Germany. After a sharp left turn, Vonn lost her balance on a bump and fell backwards, hitting a gate and losing a ski.

The two-time World Cup overall champion remained down for almost 10 minutes receiving first aid. Vonn eventually stood up, put her skis back on and made it to the bottom of the hill with her left arm in a sling.


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