Lindsey Vonn Returns to the Snow
Skis for the fist time since injury
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Lindsey Vonn returned to the snow Saturday for the first time since her crash at the world championships in February, where she tore her ACL and MCL and suffered a fractured tibial plateau in her right knee. The gold medalist trained with the U.S. women’s speed team in Portillo, Chile, with the hopes of competing in the Sochi Games.
“I can’t tell which knee is injured—that’s a good sign,” she said. “I usually go from zero to a hundred. I’m not good in between so this is going to be a challenge.”
Last week, Vonn worked out in front of reporters with her Red Bull trainer. On Saturday, she took five runs on flat terrain, and she hopes to get in gate training at the end of the two-week camp before she returns to Vail, Colorado.
She plans to begin competing in time for the women’s World up in Beaver Creek, Colorado, at the end of November. “I would love to win as many World Cups as possible but my main focus is definitely the Olympics,” she told USA TODAY last week. “If I start off slow, it’s fine. I want to make sure that by the time I get to Sochi that I’m 100% in those events.”
Vonn needs just three World Cup victories to tie the women’s all-time record of 62 World Cup wins.
For more: Why Did Lindsey Vonn Crash in Austria?