shrugs off injury to extend World Cup lead
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[February 29, 2016]
(Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn, skiing
with a knee brace to protect a hairline fracture, extended her World Cup
lead on Sunday with 13th place in the Soldeu combined event in Andorra.
"No-one can ever call me a wimp," the American declared on Twitter
after setting the fastest time in the super-G leg of the event.
On Saturday, Vonn, who is seeking her fifth overall World Cup title,
was carried off the slope on a sled after crashing out of the Soldeu
super-G race. An X-ray examination showed a hairline fracture in her
The 31-year-old Vonn, already sporting a brace on her right knee to
protect one of a succession of older injuries, had fluid drained
from her left knee before deciding to start Sunday's event.
She had the 23rd best time in the slalom leg of the combined but was
helped by the fact that her closest rival for the overall trophy,
Swiss Lara Gut, failed to finish, allowing Vonn to extend her
advantage in the standings to 28 points.
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The combined event was won by Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon with
Swiss Wendy Holdener second and Anne-Sophie Barthet of France third.
(Reporting by Clare Fallon,; editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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