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VONN MANAGES 13TH PLACE ON BROKEN LEFT KNEE
Hampered by a broken left knee, Lindsey Vonn managed to extend her overall World Cup lead by placing 13th in an Alpine combined event Sunday while Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada took the win. Wearing braces on both knees, the American led the competition after the super- G portion but posted the 23rd-best time in the slalom run to finish 1.93 seconds behind Gagnon. Vonn’s main rival for the overall title, Lara Gut of Switzerland, straddled a gate in the slalom and didn’t finish, allowing the fourtime champion to extend her lead to 28 points. “Yesterday, I thought I wouldn’t be able to ski today,” Vonn said. “But there was a small chance and I believed in it. With this mind-set, a lot is possible. I am a fighter. Many think it’s just drama, but that’s nonsense. I have pain, but I can fight. I always give everything.” Vonn crashed in Saturday’s super- G race after catching a spot of soft snow. She was brought down the hill on a rescue sled and had tests in a hospital. She later said she had suffered a hairline fracture.