WHISTLER, British Columbia — So much for the bad shin. American star Lindsey Vonn cast off her injury and posted the fastest time through the upper section of the course in an Olympic downhill training run Monday.
The women will ski the bottom section later Monday, following the conclusion of the men's downhill race — the first Alpine competition at the Vancouver Games. Vonn finished in 1 minute, 30.75 seconds, which was 0.39 seconds faster than teammate Julia Mancuso.
Vonn bruised her right shin during practice in Austria on Feb. 2. She stayed off skis for more than a week, but tested the injury — with encouraging results — in an unofficial slalom training run Sunday.
The shin was a little tender Monday morning, but that was to be expected. And it didn't seem to hurt her skiing.
"After skiing four runs of pretty good intensity slalom on salted snow, with the conditions the way they are here now, I think even if you had healthy shins, you'd probably have a sore shin today," said Thomas Vonn, who serves as a coach and adviser to his wife. "She's happy to be where she's at, as opposed to where she was a couple of days ago."
Before Monday, the women's downhill training run was wiped out three times by weather. The delays due to fog, snow and rain have definitely helped Vonn — giving her shin more time to heal — but it's left the course in less-than-stellar condition.
"It's so bumpy," said Maria Riesch, who finished the run 1.79 seconds behind Vonn, a top rival and good friend. "It's just a fight from the top to the bottom, and that's not so much fun. But everybody has to do it. I hope they maybe get it a little bit smoother for the race."
U.S. skier Stacey Cook was 20th, 1.89 seconds behind Vonn, but that was secondary to her. The morning run for Cook was all about easing her mind after her crash during Thursday's abbreviated training schedule. She was the second — and final — women's skier to go through the course, before training was halted because of thick fog and low visibility.
Cook said she remembers nothing about the crash, which left her with pain and stiffness but no serious injuries.
"But just knowing that it happened and knowing to go back out there and do it again, it was so hard," said Cook, who's from Mammoth, Calif. "My body feels fine. I can work through all that, and there was so much adrenaline. Just mentally I was so nervous in the start."
The women needed to squeeze in a training run in order for Wednesday's downhill race to begin. Rules require that at least one training session be held before a downhill or super-combined race.
AP Sports Writer Rachel Cohen contributed to this story.