Vonn OK to ski in Aspen
Overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States was given the all-clear by team doctors on Wednesday to race at Aspen, Colo., this weekend.
Vonn, who got the new season off to a sizzling start with her first career slalom win in Levi, Finland, had looked likely to miss the only World Cup races on home snow after bruising her knee in a training crash last week.
But a scan revealed the injury was not too serious and the 23-year-old will compete in World Cup giant slalom and slalom races on Saturday and Sunday.
"For a while, it was looking pretty grim that I might have to have surgery but thankfully after an MRI it turned out that I would only be on crutches for a few days," Vonn told reporters on Wednesday.
"I'm not doing nearly as many runs as I would like to do because I don't want to re-injure it.
"I'm still a little nervous because I don't know what it exactly is going to feel like. Racing, I'm just going to go for it no matter what."
A speed specialist, Vonn has excelled in the technical events this season.
After a ninth-place finish in the opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, she produced a shock slalom victory in Levi, becoming the first American woman to win in four separate World Cup disciplines.
The only alpine discipline Vonn has failed to score a victory in remains giant slalom and she would love nothing more than to achieve it in front of her home crowd.
"The reason I decided to race this weekend is because it is the only race in America," Vonn said. "I really want to compete in the U.S., especially since my success in Levi.
"I really feel I have things to accomplish in the slalom in Aspen."