Vonn not ruling out slalom

Updated: February 13, 2009, 10:31 AM ET
Associated Press

VAL D'ISERE, France -- Lindsey Vonn hasn't ruled out skiing in Saturday's slalom at the world championships after missing the giant slalom Thursday because of tendon surgery on her right thumb.

"It was pretty good in free skiing today, but there was a lot of pressure and vibration," Vonn said. "Tomorrow we're going to do some gate skiing and then we should be able to decide.

"At this point it looks OK, but I'm not going to say until I know for sure. I'm not going to ski if I can't perform my best."

Vonn opened the championships by winning the super-G, then took the downhill Monday for a sweep of the speed events. She cut her thumb on a broken champagne bottle celebrating her downhill victory.

"All it was was an accident," Vonn said.

After worlds, Vonn still has to defend her overall World Cup title.

"I think for downhill, super-G and giant slalom it should be OK, but slalom is going to be the most difficult," she said, adding that her next order of business would be figuring out how she can get into her tuck position for the speed events.

"After Saturday, I think we're going to go back to Innsbruck and figure that out," she said.


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