Lindsey Vonn arrives at Olympics with shin injury

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 10, 2010 6:31 am

Vail resident and World Champion Lindsey Vonn crashed about a week ago while training slalom in Austria, severely bruising the muscles around her right shin. She arrived in Vancouver yesterday, and noted that she is still feeling some pain. The superstar athlete hasn’t skied since the fall, but is set to put her boots back on Thursday for the official Olympic downhill training at Whistler Creekside. Her medal campaign will then begin on February 14, with the Super Combined.

“I for sure will be racing, I’m going to push through it,” Vonn told the Today Show’s Matt Lauer. “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. 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.”

Pain wasn’t the only thing that greeted Vonn as she stepped into the Vancouver airport. Several fans and photographers were on hand to witness her arrival at the 2010 Olympic Games.

“There were a lot of people there and I wasn’t really expecting it. It was really cool,” said Vonn. “Coming here and seeing the reception was a wakeup call to the reality that people are watching and expecting me to win. All I can say is that I’m prepared and I hope things go well.”

Thursday’s training run starts at 9:30 a.m. PST. Vonn likes the Creekside course the women will be running. The last time she skied it in February, 2008, she finished second in World Cup action.