Lindsey Vonn could return to competition this weekend

Dec. 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM   |   Comments

VAIL, Colo., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Lindsey Vonn will test her ailing knee on the downhill course at Lake Louise Wednesday and could return to racing this weekend, the U.S. Ski Association said.

Vonn has been sidelined with a partial tear in the ACL of her right knee for the past two weeks and will test it under race conditions before deciding whether to compete in the women's Audi FIS World Cup downhill and super-G this coming weekend.

"Vonn felt strong after weekend super-G training at Vail's Golden Peak," the U.S. Ski Association said in a written statement Tuesday. "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 had surgery on her right knee after a nasty fall at the Alpine World Championships last winter. She then re-injured the repaired ACL in a crash in Colorado last month. The four-time World Cup overall champion and Olympic gold medalist has decided to put off another round of surgery until after the Winter Olympics in February if her knee holds up.

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