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Vancouver Olympics: Lindsey Vonn has rebounded from injury before

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(Read caption) Lindsey Vonn, of the US, reacts at the finish line after winning an Alpine Ski, Women's World Cup Super G race, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Jan. 31.

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For the US Olympic team, no athlete’s presence at the Vancouver Games has been more anticipated than Lindsey Vonn’s.

But when the most decorated woman in US skiing history arrived last night, she had some bad news for the herd of TV cameras: her shin was still recovering from an injury during training last week.

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."

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