Vonn Overcomes Injury, Takes Gold

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Vonn celebrating her win on the podium. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Lindsey Vonn became the first American woman to win an Olympic downhill skiing gold medal at the Vancouver Games today. Vonn, who recently graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, overcame a right shin injury that she had thought might keep her out of competition. After winning (with a time of one minute and 44.19 seconds), Vonn reportedly cried nonstop for almost two hours. “[It’s] overwhelming,” she said. “This is the best day of my life by far.” [LAT]