Lake Louise (AB), Canada – Lindsey Vonn is expected to start in Wednesday’s official downhill training run at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Lake Louise, the U.S. Ski Team has confirmed.
A decision on her participation in downhill competitions Friday and Saturday, along with super G on Sunday, will be made after the final official training session Thursday.
Vonn, of Vail, Colo., said that she felt strong after weekend super G training at Vail’s Golden Peak. She has been continually monitored in training by U.S. Women’s Ski Team Head Physician Dr. Bill Sterett of Vail who, together with coaches, feel her knee is stable and she’s cleared to begin downhill training.
Vonn tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL), and fractured her tibial plateau in a horrific crash while competing in the World Championships super G in Schladming, Austria, last February. She was training in preparation for her return to World Cup ski racing when she crashed again last month, partially re-tearing her ACL. She has decided to forego additional surgery on her knee in favor of returning to competition in time for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, this February.