2010 Winter Olympics: USA's Lindsey Vonn Will Fight Through Injury
World Champion Lindsey Vonn says she is prepared to fight through the pain of a right shin injury in her bid to win gold at next week's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
25-year-old Vonn injured her lower leg in her first slalom training session last week when she jammed a ski tip causing her shin to impact the top of her ski boot.
She is currently scheduled to take part in her first training run tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 11, at 9:30 AM local time at Whistler Creekside, although she has said she may be forced to sit out some or all of her practice runs to help rest the injury.
"I have to wait until the first training run on Thursday and go up there, put my skis on and see how it feels," Vonn said at a press conference Wednesday. "I'm thinking about how I can manage it so I can race well in all my disciplines. I don't know if that means sitting out a training run to get some extra rest. I'll have to keep doing therapy and play it by ear. All I can say is that I will do my best."
Vonn is one of the most high profile US athletes competing at the Games. The Sports Illustrated covergirl could easily become the darling of the Olympics with a strong multi-medal showing, and she is widely regarded as one of America's best medal hopes. Should she compete at her best, it is more than likely Vonn will take home a collection of silverware.
Vonn is hoping to compete in five events at the 2010 Olympics: downhill, super giant slalom, combined, giant slalom, and slalom. She is favorite to win gold in the downhill event, the competition where 17 of her 31 World Cup wins have come from, as well as in the Super G. She is also expected to contend for medals in at least one other event, if not two.
With Team USA projected to win between 25 and 30 medals in Vancouver, Vonn could plausibly represent 15 percent of the American medal haul.
The chief medical officer of the US Olympic Team, Dr. Jim Moeller, said in a statement earlier today: "Currently wearing the boot causes her discomfort. She is being cared for conservatively with rest and other treatments to reduce her discomfort. We will continue to monitor her condition to determine if she can train and compete as planned."
Vonn added: "I've fought through injuries before—I'm no stranger to that. But it's going to be really hard. I just have to try to stay positive and do the best I can."
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