LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA – Lindsey Vonn was Tuesday cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, the latest step as she works to return from a right knee injury and get ready for the Sochi Olympics.
Now Vonn — and the rest of the skiing world — will wait to find out whether she’ll actually be racing by the end of this week.
The four-time overall World Cup champion and reigning Olympic downhill gold medalist was expected to start in Wednesday’s first official training session at Lake Louise, the U.S. Ski Team said.
The team added that not until Thursday would a decision be made on whether Vonn will return to competition for the first time since tearing right knee ligaments in a high-speed crash at the world championships last February. The scheduled races at Lake Louise — a site Vonn has dominated in the past, including three-victory sweeps in 2011 and 2012 — are downhills on Friday and Saturday, with a super-G on Sunday.
The U.S. Ski Team said Vonn “felt strong” after doing super-G training in her hometown of Vail, Colorado, last weekend, and that her surgeon, Dr. Bill Sterett, feels “her knee is stable.”
Vonn was working toward a return to racing last week at Beaver Creek, Colorado, until wiping out during a training run on Nov. 19, and partially tearing a ligament in her surgically repaired knee.
The American said over the weekend that she needs another operation on her knee but is trying to put it off as long as possible in order to be able to ski at the Sochi Games, which begin in a little more than two months.