Lindsey Vonn suffers mild right knee strain and partial ACL tear

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn attended Sunday night's NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. On Tuesday, Vonn injured her knee in a ski training run.
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Lindsey Vonn, Olympic champion skier and girlfriend of world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods, sustained an injury to her surgically repaired right knee in a ski training accident on Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated reported the news, citing a tweet Wednesday afternoon from Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times Olympic beat reporter Philip Hersh.

The SI report says that the crash happened during a practice run at Copper Mountain in Colorado on Tuesday while the Olympian was training for her first competition since blowing out her knee at the World Championships in February.

Woods was spotted at Breckenridge skiing with Vonn just last week.

The injury -- a mild knee strain and partial ACL tear -- is the same knee where Vonn suffered a torn ACL and MCL on Feb. 5 in Austria, a crash that also resulted in a fractured tibia.

The publicist for the 29-year-old Olympic gold medalist issued the following statement on Wednesday:

Lindsey sustained a mild strain to her right knee, a partial tear to her right ACL, minor facial abrasions and scapular contusions from her fall. She needs to rest for a few days and then will pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment.

Looks like we'll have to wait a bit to find out if Vonn will be ready for the 2014 Olympic Games, which start in February.

Woods recently spoke about Vonn on an episode of "Unguarded" with Rachel Nichols on CNN.

 

 

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.