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Lindsey Vonn will race in women's slalom despite broken finger

American Lindsey Vonn will race in the final event of her Olympic program -- the women's slalom Friday -- despite the broken little finger she suffered during a hard crash in Wednesday's giant slalom, according to a U.S. Ski Team official.

Vonn, 25, will thus pursue her third medal of the Vancouver Games with yet another injury. In December, she hurt her wrist during a crash in a World Cup race, an injury that has adversely affected her performance in the technical disciplines, slalom and giant slalom. Then, in training on Feb. 2 in Austria, she bruised her right shin badly enough that she arrived in Canada wondering whether she would be able to compete at all here.

The shin, though, improved enough that Vonn won a gold medal in the downhill and then followed with a bronze in the super-G. But Wednesday, she was diagnosed by Jim Moeller, the chief medical officer of the U.S. Olympic team, as having a "non-displaced fracture of the proximal phalanx of the small finger on her right hand." As of Wednesday night, she had not decided whether to compete in the slalom.

That changed Thursday. Doug Haney, the Alpine Press Officer for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, said, "She'll race."

Vonn, though, is likely a long shot for a medal in the event, even if healthy. She has five podium finishes in slalom -- including two wins -- in her World Cup career. But after opening the season with a second-place finish in Levi, Finland, she since has failed to finish four of the six slalom races.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 25, 2010; 3:53 PM ET
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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