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Vonn to make return at World Cup downhill training

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Associated Press
1/9/2013 4:34:36 PM
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ST. ANTON, Austria -- Lindsey Vonn is set to make her return at World Cup downhill training in Austria on Thursday after an absence of more than three weeks because of an intestinal illness.

The four-time overall champion is among the 65 racers who appear on the start list for training that was released by governing body FIS late Wednesday.

Vonn is likely to start in both speed events this weekend, the downhill race Saturday and a super-G the following day.

U.S. women's head coach Alex Hoedlmoser says Vonn will race "if nothing extraordinary happens."

Vonn has missed six races during her 24-day break and trails overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 725 points with 19 races left.

"The overall World Cup title is currently not on her mind," Hoedlmoser said. "She's only thinking about coming back as strong as possible this weekend."

Vonn has fond memories of St. Anton, where she won a downhill and a super-G in December 2007 on her way to earning her first overall title.

After this weekend, Vonn will still have more than three weeks to reach top form before the world championships in Schladming, Austria, start with the women's super-G on Feb. 4.

Lindsey Vonn (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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