Coming off a cautious return to racing for the first time in almost a year, Lindsey Vonn said she will take a short break before deciding on the next step for her comeback.
Vonn tested her injured right knee in three races at a World Cup event in Lake Louise, Canada, finishing a respectable fifth in the super-G on Sunday.
“This is exactly what I wanted to take away from this weekend — to know that I could ski for the win,” she said. “I’m happy.”
Vonn seriously injured a knee at the world championships last February and underwent major surgery. She partially tore a reconstructed ligament during a training run last month.
“It was great to see Lindsey back in there in the top five,” said Chip White, the women’s ski team coach.
With the 2014 Sochi Olympics beginning on Feb. 7, Vonn might limit her World Cup schedule the next two months.
“I scrubbed some speed in a few spots, but it still showed me that I can ski for the podium,” she said. “I’m going to be selective in my races this season.”