Weather again postpones Lindsey Vonn training run

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 12, 2010 12:39 pm

The drama of “Shin Watch 2010″ has been extended for yet another 24 hours. For the second straight day on Friday, women’s downhill training at Whistler was postponed due to weather. The delay means Lindsey Vonn must wait to give her injured right shin a true test.

Vonn reported on her Facebook page Friday afternoon that she had received word that training for Saturday had already been cancelled due to the forecast and condition of the course.

“I would normally say that I am really disappointed to be losing all these training runs, but I have to be honest this is working out perfectly for me I am getting really lucky,” Vonn wrote on her Facebook page. “This is going to give my leg at least another 48 hours to heal which I welcome with a smile.”

One of Vonn’s U.S. teammates, Stacey Cook, will also receive extra rest after taking a hard fall in training on Thursday. Cook was one of only two racers to test the Franz course at Whistler in the first training run session. After Cook’s crash, organizers eventually called off training for the day. No racers were able to make training runs on Friday.

Vonn reported a positive note on Thursday that she was able to take one freeskiing run and the injury was “progressing a bit.” On Friday, Vonn said her shin was “feeling about the same as it was yesterday” and considered that a positive considering that she had skied on it some on Thursday. However, the pressure on the leg during an actual downhill run can reach six times the force of gravity, so an “all-clear” signal may be premature.

Olympic women’s medal competition was supposed to start with the super combined on Sunday. In addition to Vonn and Cook, the  American start list features Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso,  Leanne Smith, Chelsea Marshall, Alice McKennis, and Kaylin Richardson.

(Photo courtesy of U.S. Ski Team/Tom Kelly)