Anna Veith sets return from major injury

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Two-time World Cup overall champion Anna Veith is slated to race for the first time since March 2015 on Tuesday.

Veith announced her comeback from major right knee injuries suffered before the 2015-16 season. She is on the Austrian entry list for a World Cup giant slalom in Semmering, Austria, on Tuesday.

The Sochi Olympic super-G champion cautioned expectations, saying the result in her first race back is secondary.

“I feel ready for a comeback,” Veith said, according to an Agence France-Presse translation of a statement through the Austria Ski Federation. “Physically I am still some way below the level before my injury, but there has been clear progress in training in recent weeks and I want to return.”

Veith tore two knee ligaments and the patellar tendon in an Oct. 21, 2015, training crash. It occurred three days before the World Cup season opener and caused her to miss the entire season.

Veith had been the world’s best racer since the Sochi Winter Games, winning the 2014 and 2015 World Cup overall titles as Anna Fenninger before her marriage.

Veith is the first of three Olympic champions expected to return from major injury in the next month. Americans Julia Mancuso (hip) and Lindsey Vonn (arm) are expected back before the world championships in February.

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