U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn will undergo surgery next week (begs11Feb13) after breaking her leg in a nasty fall on the slopes in _A_ustria on Tuesday (05Feb13).
The gold medallist had to be airlifted to hospital after losing her balance and crashing into a safety gate while competing at the _A_lpine Ski World Championships in Schladming.
She tore two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her lower leg and was released from hospital on Tuesday night.
Vonn will now jet back to _A_merica for an operation, but has vowed to be fit enough to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
A statement from the sports star reads, "I plan on returning to Vail (Colorado) as soon as I can to have the necessary surgeries. I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi."