Four-time overall world champion Lindsey Vonn will travel to Chile this weekend with the U.S. ski team to test her nearly healed right knee that was surgically repaired after a crash at the world championships in Austria last winter.
Vonn has been rehabbing in gym workouts in preparation for returning to the slopes. During her two weeks in Portillo, Chile, she plans to make a few easy runs to test the knee and then possibly try some gates and maybe even a get out on the course for some runs.
"But my expectations are sometimes a little bit out of whack," Vonn said Wednesday.
Vonn hopes to return to competition in November and be ready for the Sochi Olympics in February. She is the defending gold medalist in the Olympic downhill.
Vonn tore two knee ligaments and broke a bone in her right leg at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, earlier this year. But she said has progressed enough that the knee no longer swells after land workouts.
"It's about 98 percent equal (to the good knee)," she said.
Trainer Martin Hager said, "She's doing great. We're happy with her progress from her knee injury. We're very happy."