VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Injured your leg just before the Olympics? Try wrapping it in cheese. At least that is what American skier Lindsey Vonn has tried.
Vonn, the overwhelming favorite for gold in the women’s downhill in Vancouver, has turned to a home remedy, Austrian topfen cheese, to treat the shin injury that has made her a doubtful starter for the Winter Games.
“I’m pretty much doing everything and anything I can to feel better,” Vonn told reporters on Wednesday. “I wrap my leg in cheese.”
Topfen, a curd cheese, is thought by some to reduce swelling and stimulate healing, although Vonn said she was still in “excruciating” pain from the injury she suffered while training in Austria last week.
Vonn said she was also trying more conventional treatments, but had not taken painkillers.
Editing by Ed Osmond