Injured Vonn falls at worlds |

Injured Vonn falls at worlds

VAL D’ISERE, France ” Lindsey Vonn of the United States fell after deciding to compete in the slalom despite cutting her thumb on a broken champagne bottle, and Maria Riesch of Germany went on to win at the world championships on Saturday.

Vonn landed on her side and held up her injured thumb to avoid crashing on it.

“It’s OK,” she said. “It was hurting and then I crashed, so now it’s hurting even more.”

Riesch timed 1 minute, 51.80 seconds over two runs down the steep Face de Bellevarde course. Defending champion Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic finished second, 0.77 seconds behind. Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was third.

Vonn was among the top three skiers from the opening run who did not finish. She used a specially designed splint on her hand and was second after the opening run.

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