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Vonn encouraged by slalom workout

WHISTLER, British Columbia - Lindsey Vonn went through a rigorous slalom training session Sunday, passing the toughest test yet for her bruised right shin.

As a result, her husband said in a telephone interview that the two-time overall World Cup champion is no longer worrying about whether she will be able to compete at the Olympics.

"She definitely wants to get out there and get going," said Thomas Vonn, who serves as a coach and chief adviser to his wife. "Her focus has definitely changed from, 'Am I going to race?' to 'I'm definitely racing, and I need to get the rust off and try to get the speed back.' "

Lindsey Vonn had not done any full-fledged training on a hill since Feb. 2, when she tumbled and slammed the top of her right boot against her leg during practice in Austria.

She stayed off skis for more than a week and has been forced to wait along with everyone else while wet and warm weather canceled one official training session after another in Whistler.

The first women's Alpine race at the Winter Games originally was supposed to be a super-combined yesterday, but that event was pushed back to Thursday because of the delays. Now the women aren't slated to race until Wednesday's downhill, Vonn's best event. She has won five of six World Cup downhills this season.

Organizers have scheduled an unusual, split women's downhill training run for Monday, bookending it around the men's downhill medal race. Women will ski the top part of their course in the morning, before the men race, then cover the bottom portion afterward.

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