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Lindsey Vonn gaining on Riesch in World Cup standings

Lindsey Vonn celebrating her Olympic gold medal win in Vancouver Lindsey Vonn celebrating her Olympic gold medal win in Vancouver

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (KTTC-DT/AP) -- Lindsey Vonn won't allow a suspected sprained MCL in her left knee to sideline her season.

The U.S. skier has competed in pain before, winning the downhill at the Vancouver Olympics last winter on a badly bruised shin.

But trailing in the standings remains quite foreign. Vonn sits 145 points behind friend and rival Maria Riesch of Germany, a gap that Vonn's convinced she can still make up.

Vonn suffered her knee injury trying to recover from a big mistake in a downhill race last Saturday, only to return the next day and win a super-G event.

After the weekend races in Cortina, Italy, Vonn gained in the points race, narrowing Riesch's lead by 51 points in the World Cup standings.

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