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Lindsey Vonn remained hospitalized in Colorado on Tuesday with “severe intestinal pain” that has been affecting her for the past two weeks, reports The Associated Press.

Vonn’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email, “Lindsey will be spend a second night in the hospital. She is resting comfortably and awaiting test results.”

Vonn’s ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, told the AP that this isn’t the first time the racer has gone to the hospital in Vail.

Haemmerle, who prepares Vonn’s Head skis and has been on hand in Colorado awaiting her recovery, said that Vonn hasn’t trained since going out in the second run of the season-opening giant slalom Oct. 27 in Soelden, Austria.

“She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting. … She’s been (to the hospital) two or three times. This is the first time she’s stayed overnight,” Haemmerle said in a telephone interview. “The coaches also don’t know. First they told me we would train again Monday, then Wednesday, now the end of the week.”

Vonn and teammate Julia Mancuso had elected to skip last weekend’s slalom races in Levi Finland in favor of getting training for the Aspen World Cups coming up Nov. 24-25. She raced in the opener, a GS at Soelden, Austria Oct. 27, but failed to complete both runs. She won that race last season.

Vonn is the defending World Cup overall, downhill, super G and combined champion.

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Hank McKee
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The veteran of the staff, McKee started with Ski Racing in 1980. Over the seasons he has covered virtually every aspect of the sport, from the pro tours to junior racing, freestyle and World Cup alpine competition. He has written the first national stories for many U.S. team stars, and was still around to report on their retirements. “Longevity has its rewards,” he says, “but it’s a slow process.”

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