Vonn optimistic about Sochi despite new setback

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Dec 8, 2013; Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada; Lindsey Vonn of the United States finishes a run during the women's super G at the FIS alpine skiing World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) - Lindsey Vonn is confident that her latest knee trouble will not stop her from competing at the Sochi Games in February.

With boyfriend Tiger Woods watching from the bottom of the slope, Vonn missed a gate in Saturday's World Cup downhill at Val d'Isere as her troublesome right knee buckled under her and gave way.

The American was clearly distressed after skiing off course and looked close to tears. She didn't fall but grimaced as she pulled up, clutching her knee.

Vonn needed surgery in February to reconstruct two knee ligaments after a crash at the world championships, and then partially re-tore one of them in November.

Vonn said she will give herself plenty of rest and only compete in "one maybe two races before the Olympics. That's it."

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