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Lindsey Vonn returns to skiing after injury

World cup ski racer Lindsey Vonn is preparing for her comeback.
Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Aug. 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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Lindsey Vonn will be back on the snow this weekend in Chile for the first time since her accident in February.

At the world championships, Vonn suffered a horrifying crash, tearing her ACL. After months of rehabbing a surgically-repaired knee, she is back to sport.

"I'm just looking forward to going fast," Vonn said.

"Physically I'm 100 percent now," she said. "I've been in the gym far too long. I'm ready to be out in the fresh air."

During her recovery, Vonn has spent time following boyfriend Tiger Woods to his PGA Tour events and learning how to fly fish.

But now, Vonn wants to return to her job -- racing 60 miles per hour down snowy mountains, and keeping her spot as the most successful female ski racer in American history.

"I've been working so hard for so long to get back. I don't care what I do as long as I'm on snow. I just want to get back to my job," she said.

Vonn will return to competition in late November, but plans to try out the snow in Chile. Her trainer, Martin Hager, said that whether she gets to go through gates is dependent on how her knee reacts, and whether there is any swelling.

Vonn plans to compete in the downhill, super-G, giant slalom and super combined. Hager is supportive of her competing, as long as she does not overdo it.

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