ST. ANTON, Austria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn looks set to make her return at World Cup downhill training in Austria on Thursday after an absence of more than three weeks because of intestinal illness.
The four-time overall champion is among the 65 racers who appear on the start list for training that was released by governing body FIS late Wednesday. Vonn is likely to start in both speed events this weekend, the downhill race on Saturday and a super-G the following day.
"The plan is for Lindsey to compete in both races if nothing extraordinary happens," U.S. women's head coach Alex Hoedlmoser told The Associated Press. Vonn went into the hospital in November. She flew back to the United States to fully recover on Dec. 17, a day after falling in the opening run of a giant slalom in France. The American returned to training on snow last Thursday in Hinterreit, Austria.
She missed six races during her 24-day break and trails overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 725 points with 19 races left. Vonn tops the downhill and super-G discipline standings. "The overall World Cup title is currently not on her mind," Hoedlmoser said. "She's only thinking about coming back as strong as possible this weekend."
Vonn has fond memories of St. Anton, where she won a downhill and a super-G in December 2007 on her way to earning her first overall title. After this weekend, Vonn will still have more than three weeks to reach top form before the world championships in Schladming, Austria, start with the women's super-G on Feb. 4.