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Whistler weather gives Lindsey Vonn reprieve

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(Read caption) US Alpine Skier Lindsey Vonn answers questions during a press conference at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday.

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Lindsey Vonn is probably the only skier who is excited about the weather in Whistler today.

With steady snow falling at the 2010 Olympic venue for alpine skiing at Whistler Creekside, the ladies’ downhill training session was canceled after more than two hours of delays. The cancellation gives Vonn another day to recover from an injury that has put a big question mark over one of the most vaunted athletes on the US Olympic team.

“It’s a fantastic thing,” says her husband, Thomas Vonn. “We’re very happy. We love Whistler weather.”

The training session ahead of Sunday’s Super Combined had been much anticipated as Vonn’s first time on skis since injuring her shin on Feb. 2. Mr. Vonn said his wife appeared to have turned a corner overnight, and was able to ski at high intensity in a free ski before the training run began. He skied behind her and said there was no evidence of pulling back due to pain.

When she got to the bottom, she was in pain, but flashed him her trademark smile – the one that NBC, the US Olympic Committee, and a slew of sponsors are hoping to cash in on at these Olympic Games. She was game for participating in the downhill training.

“Last night, she could see something was turning the corner,” says Mr. Vonn. “She’s finally getting to the point where she can grit her teeth and bear it.”

A turnaround from last week


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