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Lindsey Vonn, Buck Hill veteran, takes Olympic gold in downhill

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Bruised shin? Please. Lindsey Vonn, who grew up banging the gates of the suburban Minneapolis ski area Buck Hill, has won the women's downhill event in the 2010 winter Olympics at Whistler Mountain in British Columbia, Canada.

Only last week there were some doubts that she would race at all, after a fall severely bruised one of her shins. There was also talk that she was the latest victim of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx -- the magazine featured her on its latest cover, as well as in its annual swimsuit issue. On Wednesday she erased any doubt that she could win, and she kissed the cover jinx good bye.