SCHLADMING, Austria - Defending champion Marlies Schild says she will start in Saturday's slalom at the skiing world championships after recovering from what initially appeared to be a season-ending knee injury.
The Austrian underwent surgery in December after hurting her right knee in training for a World Cup slalom in Are, Sweden, and was expected to need three months for recovery.
Schild, who resumed ski training two weeks ago, says "it's a gift that I am able to race."
She missed the world championships in 2009 in Val d'Isere, France, because of an injury but came back to win her first world title two years later in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
A four-time World Cup slalom champion, Schild has won 33 races in the discipline, one short of matching Swiss standout Vreni Schneider's record.