Injury Dims Medal Hopes of Lindsey Vonn
Favorite for Olympic skiing gold is unsure she'll make practice run
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2010 12:45 PM CST
Lindsey Vonn.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – American skier and great Olympic hope Lindsey Vonn injured her shin during a practice run in Austria last week and is doubtful about her upcoming performance. “I'm coming into these Olympics a lot more unsure than I was, um, a few weeks ago,” she tells the Today Show. The injury is a deep bruise that has been drained of fluid, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. She’s no “stranger” to competing with injuries, “but it's going be really hard.”

The bruise appears likely to affect Vonn’s performance, the Washington Post adds. “When I tried my boot on, I was just standing in the hotel room barely flexing forward and it was excruciatingly painful,” she continues in the interview. “And I've got to try to ski downhill at 75-80 miles per hour.” She says she’s not even sure she will be able to make the first training run tomorrow. Vonn was, and perhaps still is, a medal contender in all 5 alpine events. Video of the interview is available here.