SOLDEU, Andorra, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Just one day after fracturing her left knee, American skier Lindsey Vonn took to the slopes in Andorra Sunday as the fast in the first run in the super-G.
There were real fears Saturday that the 31-year-old might be out of the completion after taking a fall. She came back with both knees in braces to post a 57.04-second time in the women's World Cup Alpine, Fox Sports reported.
Vonn finished ahead of teammate Laurenne Ross and Sweden's Kajsa Kling, who both finished 0.26 seconds behind Vonn.
Vonn lost ground in the slalom, eventually ending up in 13th overall behind winner Marie-Michel Gagon of Canada.
The American skier had posted on her Instagram Saturday her knee was being drained, but she planned to head up to the start of the course and then decide if she'd compete.
The Olympic gold medalist waited out a two and a half hour delay due to adverse weather conditions before eventually powering from the gate from start number 20 to set that time in the opening section, CNN reported.
She apparently went in to the competition with some skepticism. Vonn posted on Facebook Sunday morning that she intended to ski, but had some doubts. "Wish me luck," she wrote.
Vonn, a member of the U.S. Alpine Team, has powered back before. She made what has been called a remarkable recovery from a two-year injury layoff before coming back in the 2014-2015 season, managing an eighth place in the first Women's World Cup downhill, according to her official web site.
She won the race in the following days. That win took Vonn's total wins at Lake Louise to 15 and her World Cup wins to 60.