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|Lindsey Vonn was the fastest skier on the top portion of the women's downhill course during training on Monday.|
“Before Monday, the women's downhill training run was wiped out three times by weather. The delays due to fog, snow and rain have definitely helped Vonn but have left the course in less than stellar condition. "It's so bumpy," said Riesch, Vonn's rival and close friend. "It's just a fight from the top to the bottom, and that's not so much fun. But everybody has to do it. I hope they maybe get it a little bit smoother for the race." The downhill is Vonn's best event -- she has five of six on the World Cup circuit this season -- but her competitors aren't wishing her ill. "I would like to win gold knowing that I beat her," said Canadian skier Britt Janyk. U.S. skier Stacey Cook was 20th after the top section, 1.89 seconds behind Vonn, but that was secondary to her. The morning run for Cook was all about easing her mind after her crash during Thursday's abbreviated training schedule. She was the second -- and final -- women's skier to go through the course, before training was halted because of thick fog and low visibility. Cook said she remembers nothing about the crash, which left her with pain and stiffness but no serious injuries. "But just knowing that it happened and knowing to go back out there and do it again, it was so hard," said Cook, who's from Mammoth, Calif. "My body feels fine. I can work through all that, and there was so much adrenaline. Just mentally I was so nervous in the start." In the shorter afternoon run, Cook had a solid performance, finishing 0.59 seconds behind Paerson's time.
That really hurt. It's throbbing really bad.” -- Lindsey Vonn, on training run's effect on her shin