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Vonn hopeful after testing injury

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Lindsey Vonn stepped up the treatment of her badly bruised right shin Thursday, taking painkillers and applying a Novocaine-type cream.

But Vonn may have received possibly the most effective treatment when the opening women's downhill training run was scratched after two racers because of thick fog and low visibility. Vonn did get in a mountain run off the course.

"My shin was still very painful, but I feel like the injury is finally progressing a bit," she said. "I definitely welcome the extra day to heal."

Vonn's methods to heal the shin, injured training in Austria Feb. 2, have ranged from stretching to laser therapy. She even wrapped the leg in Austrian topfen curd cheese, a food similar to cream cheese that's reported to bring down swelling. Other U.S. Ski Team members have tried it.

Lindsey's husband, Thomas Vonn, said she still aims to race in all five events. The first women's race, the super-combined, is scheduled for Sunday.

American skier hurt: Stacey Cook, one of the two skiers who got a training run before the women's downhill session was cut short, crashed landing a jump and was flown to a medical facility. She was released in the afternoon after several tests — including X-rays and a CT scan, which were negative — and her prognosis is good, U.S. team chief medical officer Jim Moeller said.

The men's downhillers got a full training session, keeping a chance of racing as scheduled Saturday. Rules require that at least one training session be held before a downhill or super-combined. The forecast at the Alpine venues called for up to 4 inches of snow overnight. Then more fog could roll in.

Luger to carry U.S. flag: Five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette was chosen to lead the team at tonight's opening ceremony by a vote of the delegation. "It's an unbelievable honor," said Grimmette, 39, a bronze and silver medalist.

games' FIRST DOPING CASE: Russian hockey player Svetlana Terenteva was reprimanded but remains eligible to compete. The International Olympic Committee said she tested positive for a stimulant prohibited in competition but not out of it. She admitted using a prescription cold drug last month but stopped Feb. 3, a day before drug-testing began.

Vonn hopeful after testing injury 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 12:32am]
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