Lindsey Vonn puts her surgically repaired right knee through a balance workout at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (John Meyer/Denver Post)
VAIL, CO (Aug. 28) - Olympic gold medalist and four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will join the Best in the World women's speed team for their annual on-snow camp in Portillo, Chile next month. Vonn, who demonstrated the strength of her surgically repaired right knee for journalists Wednesday at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, said she feels her right knee is almost as healthy as the left. She hasn't skied since a Feb. 5 season ending crash at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria. Despite the knockout blow, Vonn still won a record sixth consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill title and contributed to a historic speed season for American women where all six athletes posted World Cup top three finishes.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) will join the Best in the World women's speed team next month during their annual Sept. on snow camp in Portillo, Chile.
Vonn has not skied since a Feb. 5 crash at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships that resulted in a torn ACL/MCL and fractured tibial plateau.
The return to snow camp for Vonn will begin with basic drills, but the Olympic gold medalist hopes to slowly work to running gates.
The two-week camp also features Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA), Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR).
Notably absent is St. Anton downhill winner Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO), who suffered a similar injury to Vonn in early March. McKennis is expected to return to snow in the fall.
Last season all six athletes posted Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three finishes and combined to win the nations standings for downhill by a staggering 457 point margin.
While Vonn is not expected to compete, the World Cup season opens Oct. 26 with a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria - the team's Official European Training Base.
The four-time overall World Cup champion hopes to be strong enough to begin her season at the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 swing through Beaver Creek, CO, home of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.