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article imageReigning Olympic downhill champ Lindsey Vonn hurts knee in France

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 21, 2013 in Sports
At Saturday's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, France, American Lindsey Vonn appeared to injure her surgically repaired knee. On the comeback trial from that injury, Vonn missed a gate and balanced awkwardly, clutching her knee.
"I didn't hurt myself more than I'm already hurt," Vonn told media later. "It was a small compression, and it was fully loaded on the right ski and my knee just completely gave out. I tried to pressure the ski again and it gave out again. I had no chance of making that gate, unfortunately."
There did appear to be tears in her eyes after she'd experienced the mishap but those tears were either of frustration of borne of not then knowing if she'd damaged the knee again. She later maintained that she would be able to stick with the pre-Olympic program she and her coaching staff have designed for her.
Vonn, 29 and the winner of 59 World Cup races, had both her ACL and MCL repaired after injuring the knee badly last February at the world championships in Austria. Her knee isn't the same as it was before the crash but she feels she can learn to deal with it and continue to be highly competitive.
Vonn said she was hoping to win her 60th for boyfriend, golfer Tiger Woods, there to see her compete in a World Cup for the first time. She hadn't intended to race a lot before the Sochi Olympics, which get underway on Feb. 7, and that plan won't change.
"As much as time as I can give myself to really get as strong as I can, like I said, one maybe two races before the Olympics. That's it," she said. "I'm going to play it safe and race minimal races, so I can get the confidence and the timing and the feeling of racing again. I'm really going to be safe and smart as I can."
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