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Olympic women's downhill training canceled

The scheduled training session for the women's Olympic downhill race was canceled Friday afternoon, meaning American Lindsey Vonn will have yet another day to rest her severely bruised shin.

Training was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. local time at Whistler Creekside, and was delayed till 2 p.m. But with fog still on the course at 11:30 a.m., officials made the decision to delay training until Saturday.

The first women's Alpine event of the Olympics, the super combined, is scheduled to be held Sunday. But in order to race, skiers must have at least one training run. The women are tentatively scheduled to train on Saturday morning prior to the 11:45 a.m. start of the men's downhill.

Vonn, 25, has been on skis only once since her Feb. 2 crash while training, and that came during an encouraging warmup run on Thursday. But after Thursday's training session was canceled after only two racers had attempted to navigate the course - one of whom, American Stacey Cook, crashed badly - her husband, Thomas Vonn, said each day of rest would help the favorite for multiple gold medals here.

"We'd take two, three, four more days if we could," Thomas Vonn said.

Cook, who was taken to a local medical center by helicopter after her Thursday crash, remains sore, but she and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association officials will determine on Saturday whether she is ready to return to training.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 12, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  Skiing  
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