Were it not for soggy conditions up in the Pacific Northwest, the top Women’s skier for Team USA – Lindsey Vonn would be forced to test her injured shin today. Because of the weather, Vonn will get the opportunity to rest until Wednesday, helping her get shin’s recovery closer to 100%.

Through Facebook Lindsey said she wished she could be in Vancouver for the opening ceremonies, but you can be sure that she’s happy for the extended rest and recovery – and so is Team USA.

In addition to being a big part of the reason Team USA fans should be optimistic about getting gold in Women’s skiing, she’s also Team USA’s (and NBC’s) hopes for increased television ratings. The country and the network are hoping that they can not only sell Vonn’s talent, but also her sexuality (on display below on the cover for Sports Illustrated’s Olympics preview).

Lindsey Vonn on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Lindsey Vonn on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Although I disagree that the Sports Illustrated cover is too sexually suggestive, I do think Vonn is an attractive young woman, and I’m glad she’ll get to rest and recover from her injury before she has to compete on Wednesday. I’ll be watching.