Lindsey Vonn overcame injury to win the gold medal in women's downhill on Wednesday. The American skier came into the Vancouver Olympics as the gold-medal favorite in four Alpine events. But last week she wasn't even sure if she'd be able to compete in the winter games due to a shin injury, which she explained as "a deep muscle bruise"—the result of a spill during a practice run in Austria earlier this month. Luckily, the weather has been on Lindsey's side, delaying competition for days and giving her more time to recover.
On Monday, Lindsey took to the Whistler Creekside slopes in British Columbia for a training run and while she called it a "bumpy ride" on Twitter, the two-time defending World Cup overall champion managed to post the top time.
"The good news is, although it was really painful, my leg held up okay and I won the training run," Lindsey wrote on her Facebook page. "The bad news is my shin is really sore again."
When Lindsey spoke with Shape before the games, she admitted to being nervous about competing in Vancouver, but felt better prepared than ever before.
"There's going to be a lot of pressure and expectation," she said. "Hopefully I can step up to the plate and ski at my best. Winning gold would be a dream come true, but so would bronze. I am going to take it one day at a time, and I'll be happy with any medal."
Lindsey realized her gold-medal dreams on Wednesday, and with three more races to go, chances are this won't be her last trip to the podium.