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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