Vonn finishes downhill training run; Vail's Dr. Sterett finds no concussion symptoms

By Real Vail
Real AspenFebruary 10, 2011
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Vail's Lindsey Vonn started and successfully completed the second FIS Alpine World Ski Championship downhill training run Thursday, after skipping Wednesday's training run.

Vonn, who suffered a concussion in giant slalom training in Austria last week, had received clearance for the training run after ongoing medical evaluation earlier in the day.

Vonn underwent medical testing prior to course inspection and again after two free-ski warm up runs before receiving clearance to start. She completed the run in 2:01.90, 11.31 seconds behind leader and recently crowned World Junior downhill champion Lotte Smiseth Sejersted of Norway.

Tuesday's super G silver medalist Julia Mancuso, of Squaw Valley, Calif., was second.

As a part of the U.S. Ski Team's concussion management program, Vonn is being evaluated before being cleared for any activity, including training and competition. Evaluation has been continuous since she was injured on Feb. 2.

The training run itself, which Vonn ran at a lower level of intensity, was used as a further stress test to evaluate her readiness for future competition. According to the U.S. Ski Team's Dr. William Sterett, the evaluation after the training run also came up negative for concussion symptoms.

The evaluation process will continue Friday morning before making a final decision on sVonn tarting the super combined medal event Friday

After finishing seventh in Tuesday's super G, Vonn expressed doubts on her Facebook page about competing. Here's that full statement:

“First I want to congratulate today's super G podium finishers. They skied great on a treacherous course, congratulations! During the race today it became very clear to me that I am not fully recovered from the head injury/concussion I suffered last week. I still don't have the concentration, agility, and mental quickness to ski the way I am accustomed to.

“I've decided together with my husband, doctors and coaches to skip [Wednesday's] downhill training run. I will continue to skip training runs and events until I feel normal again. I don't know how long it will take; head injuries, as I am finding out first hand, are very unpredictable.

“My condition will be reevaluated every day and then we will make a decision on if and when I can compete or not. I appreciate everyone's kind words and support!”

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