Skier Lindsey Vonn says she fractured a bone in her ankle after a crash during training in New Zealand on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Vonn did not disclose which ankle she broke or how long she would be sidelined. She was in New Zealand to train for the upcoming ski season.
“Unfortunately I crashed today and have a small fracture in my ankle. Headed home now but will keep u posted,” Vonn wrote on Twitter.
Vonn returned from several serious injuries to set the all-time women's World Cup win record last season, also capping the year by winning her seventh World Cup downhill title.
Vonn missed the 2014 Sochi Olympics after tearing two ligaments in her right knee in a crash at the 2013 world championships. She re-injured the knee in December 2013.
Vonn won Olympic gold in the downhill and a bronze in the super-G at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She also won gold in the downhill and in the super-G at the 2009 World Championships.
She has said that she plans to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Vonn has 33 downhill victories, 24 in the super-Gs, three giant slaloms, two slaloms and five alpine skiing combined races in her career.
- Scooby Axson