Lindsey Vonn, the most anticipated US presence at the 2010 Games, arrived in Vancouver last night with news that her shin was still recovering from an injury.
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Vonn is no stranger to adversity. At the 2006 Torino Olympics, she was airlifted off the slopes after crashing during training two days before the Games began. But so determined was she to get back on her skis, she was caught trying to escape from the hospital in the gown they had provided.
She did indeed rebound, racing four of five events and placing in the top 10. Now, she’s trying to muster the same courage – and hope that this time she’ll be able to add an Olympic medal to her two World Championship titles.
"This winter I've already had an arm injury, but this is a part of my leg. It feels more like the 2006 Torino Olympics,” Vonn told Matt Lauer of NBC's TODAY Show. “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."