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Lindsey Vonn says injury isn't 'hampering my skiing'

February 19, 2010 | 10:47 am

Immediately after her gold-medal victory in the women's downhill on Wednesday, the murmurs began -- is Lindsey Vonn as injured as she said she is?

A week ago, Vonn told reporters she might not even compete in the Olympics because of a shin injury. Now, some are wondering if she overstated the severity of the injury. Even though she crashed out of the super combined on Thursday, her competitive showing in the downhill portion of the event seemed to indicate that the injury wasn't bothering her much.

Well, Vonn told the Fox Business Network on Friday that while the injury is still making things difficult of the slopes, it isn't affecting her skiing.

"It's definitely hurting me and is a distraction, but I don't think it's actually hampering my skiing," she told the network. "I think I'm still able to ski the way I want to."

If this is true, Vonn has to be considered the gold medal favorite for Saturday's super-G race.

-- Austin Knoblauch