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U.S. coach: Lindsey Vonn may not ski before Sochi Olympics
No date has been set for Lindsey Vonn‘s return to competition after her surgically repaired right knee swelled up after skiing out of a downhill race in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21.
Vonn is working with her own team and medical staff to get the swelling under control, U.S. Ski Team coach Alex Hoedlmoser told The Associated Press.
“There is no decision yet if, or where she is going to race ahead of the Olympics,” Hoedlmoser told the AP.
The next possible World Cup race Vonn could enter is a downhill in Altenmarkt, Austria, on Jan. 11. The last speed race before the Olympics is a super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Jan. 26.
The Olympic downhill is Feb. 12. The Olympic super-G is Feb. 15. Vonn won gold and bronze, respectively, in those races at the Vancouver Olympics.
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Vonn has not commented on her status since Dec. 21.
“I didn’t hurt myself more than I’m already hurt,” Vonn said after skiing out in Val d’Isere, according to The Associated Press. “It was a small compression, and it was fully loaded on the right ski and my knee just completely gave out. I tried to pressure the ski again and it gave out again. I had no chance of making that gate, unfortunately.”At the time, Vonn thought her next race would be “sometime in January.”
“I’m at risk of doing more damage to my knee and my meniscus,” she said in Val d’Isere. “So I’m going to play it safe and race really minimal races. Probably one or two before the Olympics.”