Ten months since she last competed, Lindsey Vonn returned to a World Cup course for downhill training Wednesday and said afterward her surgically repaired right knee felt “stable.”
Vonn said she will decide after the training run scheduled for Thursday whether to race this week for the first time since a high-speed crash at the world championships in February tore two ligaments in her knee and broke a bone in her lower leg.
There are downhills slated for Friday and Saturday, and a super-G on Sunday at a mountain where Vonn has earned 14 of her 59 career World Cup race wins.
“First training run. First kind of real race situation since February,” Vonn said.
As for her knee, the one in which she partially re-tore one of those reconstructed ligaments in a fall last month during practice?
“Knee feels good. Feels stable,” Vonn said. “And, you know, just going to play it by ear tomorrow and make a decision on the race.”
The biggest factor for Friday will be making sure there’s no swelling in her right knee.