Historic Day for U.S. at Olympics

Historic Day for U.S. at Olympics

She felt the pain, Lindsey Vonn said, mostly when she bothered to think about it. And so Vonn tried not to ponder such inconvenient discomfort while she was flying off man-made snow cliffs and down a rutted, meandering trail.

Vonn skied a ragged path down the Whistler downhill course, fighting at times to keep her skis going in the right direction. Her run was far from perfect, she admitted, but she leaned that sore right shin into her boot whenever necessary, beat teammate Julia Mancuso by the equivalent of a country mile (.56 seconds), and now nobody can say Vonn didn't earn her bikini in Sports Illustrated and the back page of The News.

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