Despite an injured left arm, reigning overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn is pushing hard in downhill training ahead of this weekend’s FIS women's World Cup event at Haus im Ennstal, Austria.
The 25-year-old is desperate to continue competing through the pain barrier after bruising a bone in her left arm in a crash during a giant slalom race in Lienz, Austria on December 28, 2009.
Vonn has clearly been affected by the problem – she had to wear her arm in a splint during last Sunday’s slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, where she skied off the course on her second run.
'I hope my arm gets better for Vancouver. I feel positive.' -Lindsey Vonn
Still hampered by the injury less than six weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics, Vonn posted the fourth-fastest time in Wednesday's training session coming down the Krummholz course, then finished tenth in Thursday's training run. The make-up race for the downhill event canceled earlier in the season in Val d'Isere happens on Friday, with another following on Saturday.
"I hope my arm gets better for Vancouver," she said. "I feel positive despite Zagreb. My goal is to get my arm healthy and to get my confidence back, and put my arm out of my mind."
Having won both downhill events to date this season, Vonn will be out to maintain her winning record in Austria this weekend, as well as pick up some points in the Super G on Sunday.
Following her disappointment in Zagreb, she finds herself five points adrift of close friend and rival Maria Riesch of Germany at the top of the overall World Cup standings.