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Whistler (AFP) - Germany's Maria Riesch believes the hype surrounding Lindsey Vonn's shin injury will not hinder the American's drive for Olympic glory, indicating Thursday she herself believed her rival will ski through the pain barrier.
"I've had a similar injury and I know how uncomfortable and painful it can be - but I don't think it will hold her back that much," said Riesch.
"When you are going hell for leather down the hill you put the pain aside. It hurts, sure. But it goes. Take a painkiller," shrugged slalom world champion Riesch, whose close friendship with Vonn is well documented.