Shiffrin back on skis, targets February World Cup return

ASPEN, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States falls near the finish line and does not finish her second run of the giant slalom during the Audi FIS Women's Alpine Ski World Cup at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational on November 27, 2015 in Aspen, Colorado. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/DOUG PENSINGER)

Los Angeles (AFP) - American slalom queen Mikaela Shiffrin has returned to skiing after injuring a knee in December and hopes to resume World Cup competition at Andorra in late February.

"Guess what ... I skied today," the 20-year-old posted on Twitter this weekend, along with video of herself free skiing in Loveland, Colorado.

The US Ski Association said Sunday it was her first time on the snow since she was injured during a warmup run for a World Cup race in Are, Sweden, on December 12.

Shiffrin, the 2014 Olympic gold medalist and a two time world slalom champion who won the last three World Cup titles in the discipline, suffered a bone bruise, hairline fracture and partially torn ligament in her right knee.

Shiffrin told the Denver Post on Saturday at an appearance for Atomic skis that she was "really excited just to get on snow" after weeks of rehabilitation in the gym.

She told the paper she had no pain and no swelling in the knee and barring a setback plans to race super-G and super combined February 27-28 at Soldeu, Andorra.

She would then compete through the end of the season, March 16-20 in St. Moritz.