U.S. skier Lindsay Vonn considering dropping slalom due to injuries

Friday December 19th, 2014

U.S. alpine skier Lindsay Vonn said Thursday she's considering dropping slalom from her racing repertoire as she continues her comeback from multiple knee injuries, according to the Associated Press.

Vonn has competed throughout her career in all five disciplines of alpine skiing, which includes the downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined, and has won a World Cup race in each.

But the 30-year-old said she may decide to concentrate more fully on the four non-slalom disciplines.

''I definitely plan on doing (giant slalom), but I want to focus on the speed races right now,'' Vonn said on Thursday ahead of a downhill and super-G in the French resort of Val d'Isere. ''I don't know if I'll do slalom again. It's difficult starting in the back. But we'll see. I haven't skied slalom since my injuries, so I don't know how it feels yet.''

Vonn resumed skiing in October after last competing in December 2013. Earlier this month, she won her first World Cup race since Jan. 26, 2013, taking first in downhill at Lake Louise, Canada.

She hasn't competed in slalom since Jan. 27, 2013 and hasn't won World Cup points in the event since March 2012.

Vonn initially injured her knee at the World Championships in February 2013, tearing her ACL and MCL. Still on track to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, Vonn then partially tore the same ACL in November 2013 and re-injured her knee in December.

That final re-aggravation necessitated surgery and meant Vonn had to miss the Sochi Olympics in February.

A four-time World Cup champion and two-time World Championship gold medal-winner, Vonn has also competed in three Winter Olympics. She won gold in downhill and bronze in super-G at Vancouver in 2010, becoming the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the downhill.

Vonn is competing in the downhill and super-G at Val d'Isere this weekend.

Ben Estes


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