Despite partially torn ACL, Lindsey Vonn eyes Olympic return

Despite partially tearing one of the ligaments in her reconstructed knee two weeks ago, Lindsey Vonn isn’t ruling out the Sochi Olympics and a defense of her Olympic downhill title.  

Vonn realizes that another knee surgery is inevitable but she’s choosing to delay the process as long as possible in hopes of participating in the Games in February.

“I probably would’ve done what I’m doing right now, test it out [regardless of the timing of the injury],” she said to the AP after practice on Sunday in Vail. “If I felt like it was possible to keep skiing, I probably would’ve. Either way, at the end of the season, I have to reconstruct the ACL. … It’s kind of like, might as well see how long it holds up. Not a lot of options. In the end, surgery is going to have to happen.”

Two weeks after partially tearing her right ACL during a training session on Copper Mountain, Vonn was out on the slopes on Sunday testing her knee, which had been reconstructed this past February.

Vonn plans to travel to Lake Louise, Alberta, the site of the World Cup, this week to continue her downhill training and potentially compete in downhill and Super-G courses. 

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