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Vonn back to training; status for Aspen races still unclear

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Lindsey Vonn is back on the snow.

Just five days after sustaining a deep bone bruise in her left knee in a super G training crash at Copper Mountain, the Vail skier and reigning World Cup overall champion was back on skis Monday and Tuesday, according to a U.S. Ski Team news release.

If her recovery continues to improve, team medical director Richard Quincy said Vonn might be cleared to compete in the Aspen Winternational races this weekend. That could ultimately be a race-day decision, however.

“Lindsey was cleared by U.S. Ski Team’s Dr. William Sterett on Monday to return to snow and progress through a skiing assessment and evaluation,” Quincy said. “She successfully completed these activities and will continue to progress with her training efforts today.”

The initial returns were positive for Vonn, who won the season-opening slalom in Levi, Finland, earlier this month. It was her first victory in the discipline and came on the heels of her ninth-place finish in giant slalom in the season’s first race in Soelden, Austria.

“It was only a few runs on Monday to see how my knee would react, but it feels awesome,” she added. “I had a smile on my face the entire time I was on snow and I was cleared to start training again. It’s still day-to-day on whether I’ll be able to race in Aspen, but I’m hopeful.”

Action this weekend kicks off with a giant slalom Saturday followed by slalom Sunday. Vonn took fourth in last year’s downhill on Aspen Mountain en route to clinching the first overall crown for a U.S. woman in 25 years.

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