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Racing Star Lindsey Vonn Hospitalized In Vail; ‘Severe Pain’

Lindsey Vonn (AP_

Lindsey Vonn remained hospitalized in Vail, Colo. Tuesday suffering from what is described as “severe intestinal pain” that has been affecting her for the past two weeks. 


Vonn had applied and had just been turned down by the International Ski Federation (FIS) on her’s and the U.S. Ski Team’s request for her to race in the Men’s World Cup downhill scheduled Nov. 24 weekend at Lake Louise.


Her spokesman, Lewis Kay, told the Associated Press the four-time overall World Cup champ and Olympic gold medalist was “awaiting results from diagnostic testing” to determine the cause of the pain.


“She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting… She’s been to the hospital two or three times. This is the first time she’s stayed overnight,” her ski technician Heinz Hammerle told the AP. “The coaches also don’t know. First they told me should train again Monday, then Wednesday, now the end of the week. 


Vonn apparently hasn’t trained since going out in the second run of the opening giant slalom Oct. 27 in Soelden, Austria. She also skipped a slalom in Levi, Finland last weekend, though Hammerle said that was their original plan as she wanted to pick up more training time for races in Aspen Nov. 24-25.


She attended the Snow Ball fundraiser in New York after Soelden and then returned to Colorado.


“There’s been no news, so we’re kind of worried, Rainer Salzgeber, Head skis racing director said from Austria. “It’s not good. Vonn had no broken bones or skiing injuries, both Hammerle and Salzgeber said.


SnoCountry.com will update this story as more news becomes available.


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