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Husband: Vonn's ready despite sore shin

WHISTLER, British Columbia - Lindsey Vonn is set to compete in today's Olympic downhill - "There's no question," her husband said - even though her bruised right shin had a setback in training.

"She'll for sure be racing tomorrow," Thomas Vonn said Tuesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

He said his wife planned to stay off the slopes completely Tuesday to rest her injured leg, which was "throbbing" a day after she was the fastest woman in the first part of Monday's split training session.

"It was definitely sore today, much more sore than it had been in a couple days," Thomas Vonn said. "The full-length downhill run yesterday definitely took its toll on her shin."

That's why Lindsey Vonn probably wouldn't have taken part in the downhill training run that was scheduled for Tuesday but was called off because of an overnight snowstorm.

Still, there was good news. Even though she was bothered by the shin, Monday's practice proved that "she knows her leg will hold up at those speeds, and that she can be fast even if it's painful," said Thomas Vonn, who serves as her coach.

Lindsey Vonn was hurt Feb. 2, when she tumbled and slammed the top of her right boot against her leg during pre-Olympic practice in Austria. She stayed off skis for more than a week - for a few days, it was tough even to walk - and then sat out along with everyone else while wet and warm weather canceled nearly every training session at the Winter Games.

She still plans to ski all five Alpine races, and is considered a contender for perhaps three or four medals, including the favorite for gold in the downhill, her best event. She has won five of six World Cup downhills this season.

"She certainly feels that she has a chance to win the downhill," Thomas Vonn said. "She feels like, although it's going to be extremely painful in the run that she can still fight through it and put down some of her best skiing."

In Monday's training, Lindsey Vonn finished the more demanding portion of the day's two runs in 1 minute, 30.75 seconds - 0.39 seconds faster than the next-fastest skier, U.S. teammate Julia Mancuso.

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