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Olympic Ski Champ Vonn ‘Kicking Butt’ Following Surgery on Knee

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Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Olympic downhill ski champion Lindsey Vonn said she is “kicking some butt” as she returns from knee surgery to try to defend her title at the Sochi Winter Games in February.

Vonn, a 29-year-old American who won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, said she plans to return to the World Cup tour for a Nov. 29 race in Beaver Creek, Colorado. She had right-knee surgery in February.

“I’m back to normal, I’m 100 percent,” Vonn said today in an interview with Trish Regan and Matt Miller of Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” “I’ve been kicking some butt, training has been awesome and I can’t wait to start racing again.”

Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion who has won six straight downhill season titles, had surgery to repair two knee ligaments and a broken bone in her leg after a Feb. 5 crash at the World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria.

Vonn was interviewed along with Kevin Plank, the founder and chief executive officer of the Baltimore-based apparel maker Under Armour Inc. Vonn is featured modeling new winter gear on the home page of the company’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rob Gloster in San Francisco at rgloster@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net