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Updated: December 28, 2009 19:08 IST

American star Lindsey Vonn crashes at World Cup GS

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Defending overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn of the US, reacts with her arm in a sling after crashing in the first run of an alpine ski, Women's World Cup giant Slalom, in Lienz, Austria, on Monday. Vonn lost balance on a bump after a sharp left turn and fell backwards, hitting a gate and losing a ski. She stood up after lying down for almost 10 minutes and receiving first aid, put her skis back on and headed down the hill with her left arm in a sling.
Defending overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn of the US, reacts with her arm in a sling after crashing in the first run of an alpine ski, Women's World Cup giant Slalom, in Lienz, Austria, on Monday. Vonn lost balance on a bump after a sharp left turn and fell backwards, hitting a gate and losing a ski. She stood up after lying down for almost 10 minutes and receiving first aid, put her skis back on and headed down the hill with her left arm in a sling. "My arm really hurts," she said as she climbed into a waiting ambulance. "I don't know what has happened. I believe it's broken." Photo: AP.

Olympic favourite Lindsey Vonn, has hurt her left lower arm in a crash on the opening run of a World Cup giant slalom, but is expected to start in a slalom race on Tuesday.

Vonn suffered no broken bones in Monday’s fall, Eduard Sporer, said from Lienz district hospital.

“It’s not a classic broken 0wrist, but a swelling or edema in the bone,” said Dr. Sporer, who added that Vonn would be able to race in the slalom.

The American crashed in a sharp left turn. She 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 and then being taken to hospital.

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