Lindsey Vonn, the overwhelming favorite in women's downhill, continued to discuss her right shin injury on Wednesday, and the more she talks, the bleaker the picture she paints.
"I'm sitting here today questioning whether, you know, I'll be even able to ski," Vonn said at a news conference. "I have to play it by ear." [...] Asked whether she could be forced to sit out altogether, Vonn replied: "Yeah, that's a possibility."
Vonn has not skied since the injury on Feb. 3; it's been painful to even try on one her ski boot. She has also yet to have an x-ray of the leg, for fear that it may be a broken bone.
It is clear that the gold medal favorite is struggling to deal not only with the injury itself, but also with the frustrating disappointment of not being at her best.
"It is the most painful injury I have ever had," said Vonn, whose medal hopes at the last Winter Olympics in Turin were wrecked by a training crash. "It's going to be very challenging and difficult."
She added,"I can assure you that when I'm at the starting gate I'll be out there to win ... If I'm at the starting gate."