Lindsey Vonn’s training routine was sidetracked for months because of an intestinal issue, but this week she was back on the competitive slopes of Aspen, Colorado.
Dressed in a lime green jacket and bright purple ski pants, Vonn made several practice runs on Friday as she attempted to get back into the groove. Following several downhill runs, Vonn jumped into a waiting truck as the bottom of the slopes and sped away without answering any questions.
Several months ago, Vonn spent two night in the hospital, describing her pain as “some infection in my tummy.”
Vonn will sit down with her coaches and physiotherapist on Friday night to determine if she is ready for the giant slalom on Saturday and the slalom on Sunday.
Lindsey Vonn began her training last week in Vail where she practiced at Copper Mountain with the US Ski Team.
Returning to competitive skiing at Aspen might surprise some of the four-time World Champions fans. Vonn has failed to finish her races in Aspen on five occasions, and she has failed to qualify for a second run on four occasions. Vonn’s best finish in Aspen has been fourth place.
Not only is Aspen full of bad competitive memories for Vonn, it is also the location where one year ago she announced her divorce.
Vonn was feeling good enough recently to request permission to compete in a men’s downhill race, a request that was ultimately denied by the International Ski Federation.
At just 28-years-old, Lindsey Vonn has 53 career victories, third behind only Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria (62) and Vreni Schneider of Switzerland with 55 wins.