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During Tuesday’s super-G, the United State’s Laurenne Ross busted through a panel and had a hard crash, but walked away unscathed. Thursday, the 30-year-old was not as lucky. During a downhill training warm-up, Ross had another significant crash that resulted in a concussion and an injury to her left knee.

Although Ross’s team does not yet think her knee will need to undergo an operation, Ross has had major knee injuries before and plans on potentially sitting it out for the rest of the season, meaning she will have to miss the downhill at World Championships on Sunday.

Ross still plans on getting out to the finish to cheer on her teammates, Alice Merryweather and Lindsey Vonn in the final race of Vonn’s career. The race will air on NBCSN, the Olympic Channel, and NBC Sports Gold at 6:30 am EST.

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On Thursday morning, while warming up for the training run, I crashed and sustained a concussion and left-knee injury. My knee doesn't seem to need surgery, but it is time for some rest for both my body and head. Unfortunately this means I won't be able to race in the World Champs DH tomorrow, and will likely be out for the remainder of the season. Although this injury is not 'severe,' it is incredibly disheartening. I've had such a good feeling on my skis over the last month, and have felt like things were coming together on and off the hill. It's been almost 2 years since my last knee injury, and I was finally starting to ski like myself again: with drive, hunger, and without an overwhelming amount of fear or doubt. So…this moment is a bit of a reality check. Some would call it a slap in the face 👋 it certainly feels as though I've been slapped, and I suppose, realistically, I have. I mean, I face planted pretty dang hard. Nothing like a good, snowy-mountain slap! I don't know what the future holds, but what I do know is that I won't let this injury stop me from standing back up again. From continuing to dream. From helping me grow into the person I was meant to be. I'll be in the finish tomorrow to cheer on my teammates @aliweather_ and @lindseyvonn . Although it won't be in the capacity I'd hoped, I'll be there for Lindsey's last race, and last finish hug. I'm so grateful that I'll be able to be there, and grateful for the journey that got me here. Thanks for all of the love and support ❤️ I'll keep you all updated as things progress! XOXO

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Mackenzie Moran
Staff Writer
- Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Mackenzie grew up ski racing all over the Mitten.​ When s​he moved out west in search of mountains, she attended the University of Oregon, where she achieved degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science. She raced USCSA and was captain of the UO Alpine Ski Team. She currently resides in Michigan and serves as the Women's World Cup Staff Writer for Ski Racing Media.
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