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Lindsey Vonn knee 'gives out' while skiing in Val d'Isere France

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On Saturday during the World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, Lindsey Vonn felt her injured right knee give way, and her Sochi future looked to be in jeopardy once again.

Clutching her knee in pain after losing her balance and missing a gate on Saturday it mimicked two earlier scenes when Vonn hurt her knee putting her Olympic game future - at risk.

Shortly afterward, Vonn said no new damage had been done to the surgically repaired knee and that she was still a go for Sochi.

"I didn't hurt myself more than I'm already hurt," said Vonn, the reigning Olympic downhill champion. "It was a small compression, and it was fully loaded on the right ski and my knee just completely gave out. I tried to pressure the ski again and it gave out again. I had no chance of making that gate, unfortunately."

Vonn underwent surgery in February to reconstruct two knee ligaments after a crash at the World Championships, and then partially re-tore one of them in November.

"As much as time as I can give myself to really get as strong as I can, like I said, one maybe two races before the Olympics. That's it," Vonn said. "I'm going to play it safe and race minimal races, so I can get the confidence and the timing and the feeling of racing again. I'm really going to be safe and smart as I can."

Vonn has five World Cup wins in Val d'Isere and also won two gold medals at the 2009 World Championships.

Earlier this month, Vonn raced for the first time in 10 months, and has repeatedly told the press to not count her out, she is one of the best in the world and has no fear, or if she does, she hides it well.



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