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Lindsay Vonn May Move Up Comeback Now That Pain's Gone

By    |   Friday, 07 Nov 2014 08:51 AM

Celebrity ski champ Lindsey Vonn is considering moving up her return to racing after her right knee is finally free of pain while she trains at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

''I feel really good,'' Vonn told The Associated Press on Thursday after one of her training sessions. ''I was expecting to have some bumps along the way. But I haven't had any problems, no setbacks. It hasn't gotten swollen. Haven't even felt it, no pain. I'm pretty excited where things are at.''

Vonn hasn't raced in nearly a year due to a torn ACL that's required two surgeries and sidelined her for the Sochi Olympics.

For months, the four-time overall World Cup champion planned her return around the races in Lake Louise, Alberta, during the first week of December. After some solid training days, Vonn is actually considering coming back to Colorado for the events in Aspen over Thanksgiving weekend.

Nothing's set in stone, she's just pondering the option.

''You know me, I never rule anything out until the last minute,'' said Vonn, who turned 30 last month. ''At the same time, I need to also be more reserved than I was last year. I think Lake Louise is the perfect place for me to start. That's still the plan.

''But you never know. Things could change if I start skiing incredibly fast. I can't rule it completely out.''

Vonn will be chasing history this season. She's three wins from matching the World Cup record of 62 race victories by skiing great Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria. Of her 59 career World Cup race victories, 14 have come at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies.

On a sunny morning, Vonn squeezed in about six training runs. Nothing too aggressive, just some easy turns to test out some of her equipment.

''I'd say I'm 85 percent (back),'' she said. ''I feel like I need a little bit more training, more repetition. Otherwise, the technique and stuff is all there. Just need to get the tactics down, get some more reps. I'll be in good shape after a couple more training sessions.''

Her next step is picking up the tempo. She's only gone all-out a few times, and only in small sections.

''I'm a little more tentative still on the more difficult terrain,'' said Vonn, who will wear a knee brace this season. ''That just comes with time. With more training and more confidence, I'll be good.''


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