2010 Winter Olympics

Luck Be a Lady: Lindsey Vonn Catches a Huge Break

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 10:  Lindsey Vonn speaks during United States Olympic Committee Alpine Skiing (women) Press Conference ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 10, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Mr. Jones and MeCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2010

Lindsey Vonn must be carrying around a four-leaf clover, a horseshoe, and rabbit’s foot in that big winter parka, because the doll-faced skier’s luck just keeps getting better.

 

On Friday, it was announced that the women’s super-combined Alpine ski race, scheduled for Sunday, was to be delayed and likely won’t occur until at least Tuesday. 

 

The snow on the slope is far too soft due to warm and rainy conditions in Whistler, B.C., where the event is being held. The course was deemed unsafe, resulting in the cancellation of training runs, and the subsequent delay of the event itself.

 

Of course, this all bodes well for Vonn, who now has several extra days to allow her severely bruised shin to heal. 

 

Prior to Friday’s Opening Ceremony, Vonn sat down with NBC analyst Bob Costas to discuss the latest on her injured right shin. In the interview, Vonn revealed that she was able to stand in a ski boot for the first time on Friday, and that the recovery was progressing faster than she expected.

 

However, Vonn gave no indication that she is convinced that she will be able to compete in the super-combined or any of her other races. 

 

Vonn did reveal that immediately after suffering the injury that she thought she may have broken her leg. Furthermore, she claimed to “stick her fingers in her ears,” because she “didn’t want to hear it,” and that she initially refused medical treatment.

 

While these actions may seem foolish, it’s understandable that an athlete may go into denial about an injury after spending years training for the chance at Olympic glory, only to see it potentially snatched away at the last moment.

 

Vonn plans to continue rehabbing her shin Saturday, and will attempt to participate in a practice run on Sunday.

 

Lindsey Vonn has emerged as one of the biggest names at the Winter Olympic Games, and the state of her shin has become one the biggest stories at the Games. Let’s hope that this story has a happy ending.

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