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Sick Lindsey Vonn to chase wins record in Austria


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Lindsey Vonn‘s quest to tie or break the record for women’s World Cup wins this weekend got off to an inauspicious start.

She became ill and temporarily lost her luggage before races in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, on Saturday and Sunday. Vonn, who owns 61 World Cup wins, can break the career record of 62 held by retired Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell.

The 2010 Olympic downhill champion said she had a sore throat and headaches and couldn’t hear her ears in interviews while at a training run Thursday.

She tweeted that she arrived in Europe on Tuesday but didn’t get her luggage until Thursday.

In December, Vonn won two of her first four races in her comeback from two major knee surgeries to move within a single victory of Moser-Proell’s record.

Vonn raced five previous times at Bad Kleinkirchheim, never finishing better than fourth in two stops in 2006 and 2012.

She’ll ski a downhill Saturday (5:30 a.m. ET) and a super-G Sunday (5:15 a.m.). Vonn hasn’t won in her last five World Cup super-G races, dating to Dec. 8, 2012, before she crashed at the February 2013 World Championships, suffering her first major knee injury.

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Here’s an infographic on Vonn’s pursuit courtesy of Red Bull Media House:

Lindsey Vonn