Lindsey Vonn answers questions during a press conference at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

Lindsey Vonn on Wednesday. (Marcio Sanchez/AP)

By Mark Memmott

As Friday's opening ceremonies in Vancouver draw near, several story lines dominate at the Winter Olympics.

-- Will American skier Lindsey Vonn -- a favorite to win several gold medals -- be able to overcome her bruised swollen right shin to compete? We should know more later today, after Vonn takes a few test runs.

She "tweeted" just a short time ago that:

So I took a bunch of pain killers and numbed my shin with some creams. Warmup was still very painful but I think it was good enough to give it a shot in the training run. Wish me luck!

-- Will the weather cooperate? As NPR's Howard Berkes reports, fog and rain are expected to make things less than perfect for some outdoor events this weekend:

-- Will American Bode Miller set aside his bad boy ways for long enough to fare well in alpine skiing? NPR's Tom Goldman reported on Miller (and Vonn) for Morning Edition. At least this time, unlike in 2006, Miller isn't competing under the weight of great expectations:

NPR's Olympics coverage is being posted here.

Update at 1:52 p.m. ET: NPR's Goldman is tweeting as Vonn and others take their training runs.

categories: Sports, Winter Olympics

1:13 - February 11, 2010