URGENT ¥¥¥ Alpine skiing: Vonn out for season after heavy crash

US skier Lindsey Vonn has been ruled out for the season after sustaining ruptured cruciate ligaments in her right knee when she crashed heavily in the world super-G race on Tuesday, organisers said.

The 28-year-old media starlet, one of global sport's most recognisable and marketable female figures, landed on the side of her ski after a jump during the opening super-G race here, and flipped over before crashing into a safety gate.

Vonn received 12 minutes of on-slope medical help before she was airlifted to a nearby hospital.