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Injured racer Vonn to compete in slalom

Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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VAL D'ISERE, France, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- American racer Lindsey Vonn, recovering from thumb surgery, plans to compete in the slalom Saturday at the World Ski Championships in France.

"Lindsey took three or four runs this morning (Friday) and everything felt good," said women's U.S. Ski Team Coach Jim Tracy. "They made some slight adjustments to help her grip her pole a bit better, but she's ready to go."

Vonn, of Vail, Colo., cut her right thumb Monday and underwent surgery in Austria. She had won the super-G and downhill races at the world competition but, following the operation, she withdrew from the giant slalom to rest her hand.

"Obviously I'm not going to stop skiing," the U.S. star said. "That's not an option for me. I'm a ski racer. I'm not going to just not do anything because I've cut my thumb. I'm going to do the best I can for the rest of the season."

Others skiing for the U.S. team in the slalom are Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Hailey Duke of Boise, Idaho, and Sara Schleper of Vail.

The slalom is the final event of the world championships.

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