Vonn's Concussion Takes a Toll

February 9 2011, 9:00 AM

After a dramatic crash last week training for the Alpine skiing world championships in Germany, Vail's Lindsey Vonn says the concussion she suffered led to her seventh-place finish in Tuesday's super-G, the opening event in the world championships. Writing for the Denver Post beforehand, Vonn expressed disappointment that a concussion was holding her back: "I've always had crashes, I've always had injuries and I've always been able to fight through them. This is different."

Austria's Elisabeth Goergl won the Super-G gold, beating out U.S. favorites like Julia Mancuso and Vonn, as well as Germany's Maria Riesch. "It wasn't me," Vonn said after the race (via Reuters). "I had a bad headache; I decided to give it a go, but I wasn't aggressive; it was bad for me." The Associated Press points out that Vonn has been the preeminent women's Alpine racer over the last two years, reaching the podium in the last 19 super-G's and winning 13 of them.

Meanwhile, local college students helped boost the U.S. ski team in the World University Games, winning four golds and a silver medal over the weekend. Three of the four U.S. golds came courtesy of University of Denver skiers, and a University of Colorado student won the women's super-G (also via the Denver Post).