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Lindsey Vonn in stitches after gold medal celebration

February 9, 2009 |  3:30 pm

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn made it down the mountain at an average speed of 50 mph with no problem on Monday.

The celebration of her world title in the downhill several hours later was a bit more dangerous.

Vonn needed four stitches in her right thumb after cutting it while opening a Champagne bottle Monday night in Val d'Isere, France.

"I really think I'm safer skiing 85 miles per hour,"  Vonn said. "I'm in a little bit of pain, but this shouldn't slow me down."

Vonn's next race is the giant slalom on Thursday.

Any pain from the cut would probably be more of a factor during Saturday's slalom, because racers routinely whack their hands on gates in slalom races.

-- Philip Hersh

Photo: Lindsey Vonn celebrates after posting the fastest time in the women's downhill at the alpine skiing world championships in Val d'Isere, France, on Monday. Credit: Fel / Presse Sports via US Presswire