Lindsey Vonn to Begin Her World Cup Ski Season Today in Canada

Lindsey Vonn is scheduled to start her World Cup ski schedule today in Canada, two weeks after re-injuring her surgically repaired right knee during a training run in Colorado.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion from the U.S., said she is healthy enough to race after finishing an opening training run on the course two days ago in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“You know if your body is ready or not and I know that mine is ready,” Vonn said in a statement released yesterday by the U.S. Ski Team. “My goal was to ski solid and to ski my race line and I did that. I knew that if I could accomplish all those things in one run, then I don’t need a second run.”

Vonn skipped her second training run yesterday to rest for her competition run today, the first of three races set for this weekend at the Canadian site.

“It’s the smart choice for me,” she said.

Vonn, 29, sustained a partial tear to the anterior cruciate ligament, a mild strain to the knee, minor facial scrapes and shoulder bruises in a fall on Nov. 19 at the U.S. Ski Team’s Speed Center at Copper Mountain, Colorado. The crash came after she tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone just below the joint in a crash at the world championships in February.

A four-time World Cup overall champion, Vonn needs four World Cup race wins to pass the record of 62 held by Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria. She has won six straight downhill season titles.

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