Lindsey Vonn will ski competitively for the first time in 10 months on Friday, less than three weeks after partially tearing her ACL in a training crash.
The Olympic downhill champion said Thursday she’s “confident and excited” about racing in a World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, according to The Associated Press.
Vonn took her first official downhill training run Wednesday, said her surgically repaired right knee felt “stable” and that she would decide Thursday if she was going to race. She blew out her right knee at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria, in February.
“It usually swells pretty soon after if there’s trauma,” Vonn said, according to the AP. “It definitely doesn’t take very long to tell, to see if it’s going to get swollen or not, but I just gave it the whole day and nothing happened, thankfully.
“So all positive signs.”
Vonn said she’s skipping training Thursday but will race in all three events in Lake Louise, including a downhill Saturday and a super-G Sunday, according to USA Today.
She also said she will race with a knee brace and might not enter any giant slalom races this season.
She will ski at a course dubbed “Lake Lindsey” for her overwhelming success there. She’s won the last seven World Cup races at Lake Louise. She hasn’t finished lower than second at a Lake Louise race since 2008.
“You kinda know if your body is ready or not, and I feel ready,” Vonn said, according to USA Today. “It’s been a long time coming, but when I come here it doesn’t feel as if I’ve been gone that long. It feels like the start of a new season.”
The downhill is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Universal Sports will have coverage.
“It’s funny in some ways since I’ve been skiing it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but when I was stuck in the gym doing rehab than it felt like it was taking an eternity,” she said of her return after 10 months. “I felt the time couldn’t go any faster. I just wanted to get back on the slopes. Since skiing in Chile [in August and September] and in Vail, [Colo.] I got back in the rhythm of things. I feel that everything is normal now.”