PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's surgically repaired right knee feels so good she could be racing again by the end of the month, five weeks earlier than she originally expected.
Vonn "reopened" the idea of competing in the season-opening World Cup event in Soelden, Austria, after returning to the slopes last month in Portillo, Chile. The World Cup in Soelden is Oct. 26-27.
"When I was looking at the plan and the timeline, it didn't seem like it would be at all possible to do that," said Vonn, who appeared at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit Wednesday via videoconference. "It's because I'm feeling so strong and ready that I'm bringing that possibility back into the mix.
"It's definitely a possibility at this point," she said. "I have to get over there and see how I feel."
The reigning Olympic downhill champion shredded her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments during a crash at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, last February. The original timetable didn't even have her in ski boots until November, but when the U.S. Ski Team traveled to Chile for its training camp, Vonn was there.
She didn't waste any time, either, taking two runs shortly after she landed Aug. 31.
"I was definitely pretty amped to get on snow," she said. "It was a long wait for those first couple of runs, but it was definitely worth it."
Vonn said her knee held up perfectly, with no pain or swelling while she was in Chile — or since then.
"Things are definitely further along than I anticipated," she said. "But I'm not going to race until I'm absolutely 100 percent."