Champ needs painkillers to get through race

Updated: February 10, 2003, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland -- Janica Kostelic won the combined at the world championships Monday despite skiing on an ailing knee that required painkillers.

It was the first gold medal at a world championships for the Croat, a three-time Olympic champion and winner of the overall World Cup title.

"It's true, I missed that medal,'' she Kostelic, who rallied to victory on an excellent second slalom run. "Now I got it and I'm happy. Everything is easier now.''

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