Lindsey Vonn looking to Sochi after being airlifted off world championships course

lindsey-vonn-airlifted-sochi-olympics.jpgSkier Lindsey Vonn suffered a terrible crash during the super-G race at the world championships Tuesday (Feb. 5), having to be airlifted off the course to a nearby hospital, where it was revealed she had a season-ending injury to her right leg that includes torn ligaments and a fractured bone.

But the 28-year-old Olympic gold medalist vows that she'll be ready for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Vonn says in a statement, "First off, I want to say thank you to the amazing medical staff that cared for me. I plan on returning to Vail as soon as I can to have the necessary surgeries. I am also grateful to my fans for the outpouring of support, which has really helped me stay positive. I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi."

U.S. team coach Chip White tells NBC, "It was a very, very aggressive crash. It's an injury that's not unusual in ski racing. She was back in the hotel in a couple hours after the accident, she was in good spirits, starting to plot out her rehab and her next steps. I'm confident we will see Lindsey Vonn in Sochi next year."

"If anyone can come back from this in time for the Olympics, it's Lindsey Vonn," adds Christin Cooper of NBC Sports.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi kick off one year from today, Feb. 6.

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