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Lindsey Vonn remains upbeat about Sochi chances despite failure to finish race

Vonn attacks more in 2nd race; Hoefl-Riesch wins

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Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates in the finish area following her run at the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

Lindsey Vonn failed to finish a downhill race at Val d'Isere, France, on Saturday after her surgically repaired right knee "completely gave out," but insists she's no more injured than she was before the race. Vonn believes she is still on track for success at Sochi, though she indicated she will take a brief break from racing.

This was Vonn's fourth race since returning from an injury suffered last February in Austria that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. She had hoped to reach a podium prior to the Olympics, but that may not be possible now.

Vonn cut her race short when she missed a gate, and appeared to be in pain following the race, according to the AP.

"I didn’t hurt myself more than I’m already hurt," she said. "It was a small compression, and it was fully loaded on the right ski and my knee just completely gave out. I tried to pressure the ski again and it gave out again. I had no chance of making that gate, unfortunately."

Vonn said she would "play it safe" and run only one or two more races before Sochi in early February.


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