Lindsey Vonn hopeful to be in winning form in first races

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn hopes she will make the podium, perhaps win, in her first races in nearly one year in December, but the Olympic downhill champion won’t be discouraged if she has poor early results in her comeback from another knee surgery.

Vonn, 29, recently did more media in Europe after skiing for the first time since December last week. She aims to make her competitive return Dec. 5-7 in speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It will all depend on training, but Lake Louise is a good place for me, with three races in which I will hopefully make the podium, or even win,” said Vonn, who has won 14 times at the Canadian World Cup stop, in an interview with German press agency DPA.

Vonn’s target is Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell‘s career record 62 World Cup wins, which she is three away from. Vonn and Moser-Proell recently chatted in a 25-minute German video interview. A Vonn fans social media page reported a translation here, nothing that Moser-Proell told Vonn she hopes the American breaks her record.

Vonn also hopes to race giant slalom and super combined, but “that will depend on my training and confidence,” she said.

“It will only motivate me more if I don’t start with great results,” she told DPA. “I know I can be fast again. I need to find the right equipment and confidence. That may take a while.”

In 2013, Vonn made her return at Lake Louise from major right knee injuries on Feb. 5, 2013, and a partial retear on Nov. 20. She finished 40th in her first race, 11th in her second and fifth in her third, all at Lake Louise.

Vonn failed to finish her next race in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21, aggravating her troublesome knee and forcing her to require more surgery and give up hope on skiing in the Sochi Olympics.

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Vonn skiing in Austria last week (and doing a non-English interview):

LINDSEY VONN: Trainingstag am Gletscher in Sölden from Christian Jost on Vimeo.