Lindsey Vonn’s return to snow ‘went well,’ U.S. coach says
Lindsey Vonn went skiing for the first time in 10 months on Wednesday, and the report was positive from Austria.
“The conditions in Soelden are very good, but the visibility was not so easy today,” U.S. Ski Team Alpine director Patrick Riml said, according to SkiRacing.com. “Still, I am told that things went well.”
Vonn won’t be racing in the season opener in Soelden in three weeks. Instead, she hopes to debut this season in Lake Louise, Alberta, the first weekend of December.
“There is no need to hurry,” Riml told SkiRacing.com.”If she is ready, fine, but if not, better she wait.”
Vonn last raced in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21, when she failed to finish a World Cup race due to right knee problems, ending her bid to make the Sochi Olympics after blowing out the knee at the 2013 World Championships. She underwent surgery again in January.
Vonn, who hopes to race at her fourth Olympics in 2018, also has a short-term goal of breaking the record for most World Cup wins by a woman. She is three wins behind Austrian leader Annemarie Moser-Proell, who had 62.
“Hopefully this year I can get closer to that or break it, we’ll see,” Vonn said earlier this month. “That’s definitely one of my biggest goals in my career, let alone this season.”