September 3, 2013

Vonn to race in November?

Seven months after a horrible crash, Lindsey Vonn is ahead of schedule as she skis for the first time in rehab.

The Associated Press

Lindsey Vonn is skiing in Chile and way ahead of her rehab schedule with the Sochi Olympics five months away.

"I can't tell which knee is injured," she said in a statement released through her U.S. team. "That's a good sign."

The four-time World Cup overall champion returned to the slopes over the weekend nearly seven months after her injury. She eased her way back with two gentle and relaxed training runs. The next day, she revved it up a little more, taking a few gradual turns along the course in Portillo, Chile.

Her surgically repaired right knee held up fine. So much so that Vonn now envisions some slalom gate training by the time the two-week camp with the ski team ends.

The reigning Olympic downhill champion shredded her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments during a crash at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, last February. She wasn't supposed to even begin thinking about stepping back into ski boots until at least November.

But her knee has progressed so much and so fast that she's significantly bumped up her timetable. Vonn plans on returning to the World Cup circuit for races in Beaver Creek, Colo., in November.

"I've crashed a lot in my career and I'm just getting back up as fast as I can," said Vonn, who made headlines in March by announcing she was dating Tiger Woods. "Unfortunately, it's taken me seven months to get back up this time, but I was really excited to get back out there. It feels like the right time and my body feels ready."

Vonn had plenty of company on the course in Chile, joining fellow skiers Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith and Laurenne Ross.

Vonn, 28, arrived on Saturday and promptly headed for the hill, not wanting to waste time after being cleared. She took it easy at first, with nothing too extreme.

On Sunday, she tested herself some more, gently arcing into turns on the flatter sections of the hill. This was Vonn's version of caution.

"I usually go from zero to a hundred," she said. "I'm not good in between, so this is going to be a challenge."

 

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