Lindsey Vonn is planning to return from injury this weekend for speed races in Austria, resuming her quest for the all-time record for World Cup wins, reports AP News. It will be her first ski races of the season after hurting her knee and sitting out six events.
“I’m NOT done yet!!!,” Vonn wrote Monday on Instagram alongside a video on her training during her recovery. “It’s been a tough 6 weeks but I’m on skis again and excited to get back in the starting gate. See you in St. Anton this weekend.”
St. Anton am Arlberg is hosting a downhill on Saturday, followed by a super-G the next day, with training starting Thursday. It’s the first of three consecutive weekends of speed racing.
Vonn needs five more victories to break the overall record of 86 wins, set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in the 1980s.
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Focusing on her specialties of downhill and super-G, Vonn skipped technical races in October and early November before hurting herself in a training crash at Copper Mountain in Colorado. She hyperextended and sprained a ligament in her knee and suffered a bone bruise on Nov. 19, just over a week before her scheduled season start with two downhills and a super-G in one of her favorite resorts, Lake Louise, Alberta.
The 34-year-old was initially planning to retire at the end of this season, but the injury setback prompted her to announce her participation in one more series of speed races in Lake Louise next season.