Multiple leg fractures force Vonn to end her World Cup season

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Another injury has derailed Lindsey Vonn's season.

The gold-medal winning Olympic downhill skier from Minnesota suffered three hairline fractures in her leg after crashing during a World Cup run on Saturday and the injury is putting an end to her season.

She wrote on Facebook that it "is one of the toughest decisions" she's had to make in her career.

More from Vonn:

"When I crashed on Saturday in Andorra, I fractured my tibial plateau. The traditional X-rays that were taken that afternoon showed a hairline fracture, but the tibial plateau appeared to be stable and did not pose significant risk to competing. So I raced on Sunday. After the Super Combined on Sunday, I went to Barcelona where more precise MRI and CT equipment was available and scans were performed on Tuesday morning. Those images showed that there was not just 1 hairline fracture, but in fact 3. And the fractures are not hairline, but instead they are significant enough that they are not sufficiently stable to permit me to safely continue skiing. Further damage any of the fragments could result in a serious surgery that would risk my future in ski racing. With the World Championships in St. Moritz next year and the Winter Olympics in South Korea the following year, I cannot take that risk."

Vonn, 31, has 76 World Cup victories – just 11 shy of breaking the record owned by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, USA Today adds.

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