February 24, 2010
Lindsey Vonn already won a gold medal in Vancouver with an injury. If she's to win her second gold, it will have to be with a new ailment.
According to Dr. Jim Moeller, chief medical officer of the U.S. Olympic Team, the American skiing star suffered a nondisplaced fracture of the proximal phalanx of the small finger in her right hand. In laymen's terms, she broke her right pinky.
The injury occurred when Vonn fell Wednesday during the first run of the women's giant slalom. Vonn, who has won a gold and a bronze medal thus far at the 2010 Winter Olympics, was navigating the middle portion of the course when she stumbled and landed on her left hip before crashing into safety netting.
It isn't yet known whether Vonn will ski in her final event, Friday's slalom. The slalom is arguably Vonn's weakest event, and she's not expected to contend for a medal.
Vonn has had a star-crossed Olympics, winning her first race, the downhill, and then crashing while in the lead of the super combined the next day. She followed that with a bronze medal in the super-G before falling in Wednesday's giant slalom. Though the injuries and falls have garnered much of the headlines in the past week, Vonn's Games will inevitably be considered a success regardless of what happens on Friday. Two medals for any American skier is a grand achievement, no matter the hype.
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