Lindsey Vonn Returns to Slopes in Great Shape
Fans are no doubt delighted at the news that Lindsey Vonn is back on the slopes again, more than six months after her knee surgery. The four-time World Cup Overall Champion recently tested out her skills on the slopes in Portillo, Chile, and proved that her recovery is way ahead of schedule, putting her in line to compete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics taking place in March next year. The US Team is busy with a two-week training camp in Chile and Vonn intends to get plenty of practice during this time.
The road to recovery has not been an easy one for Vonn who damaged her ACL and MCL ligaments when she wiped out at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, in March this year. She has spent four hours a day in the gym focusing on rehabilitative exercises to heal her right knee. She also took up the hobby of fly-fishing which helped her to remain calm and focused as she worked toward her goal of regaining her strength and getting back to the sport she has dedicated herself to.
In the year 2000, at the age of 16, Lindsey Vonn made her World Cup debut. She went on to compete at the 2002 Utah Winter Olympics, claiming her first World Cup title in 2008, repeating the performance in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and going down in history as the second American woman to win four World Cup overall titles. At the 2010 Winter Olympics Vonn won the gold medal in downhill, the first time ever that this event has been won by an American woman. Her other World Cup achievements include 6 titles in the downhill discipline, four titles in Super G, and 3 titles in the combined. She has won World Cup races in all five alpine skiing disciplines, being one of only six women to have done so in World Cup history.
Vonn hopes to return to competition at Beaver Creek, Colorado, (near her hometown of Vail) in late November – a few months ahead of Sochi. A recent post on Vonn’s Facebook page announced “I’m on the road to Sochi and I’m not slowing down!”