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Lindsey Vonn cutting back; Bode Miller coming back

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn attends a news conference Thursday ahead of the World Cup races in Val d'Isere, France.
U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn attends a news conference Thursday ahead of the World Cup races in Val d’Isere, France.
(Jean-Christophe Bott / European Pressphoto Agency)

Though Lindsey Vonn insists that her knee is “healthy at last,” she might drop the slalom from her racing repertoire as she makes her way back from serious injuries.

At least for now, the Olympic medalist will concentrate on speed races as she heads into a World Cup event at Val d’Isere this week.

“I put the focus on speed because, as I’ve said, I had very little training and I feel more and more comfortable, more and more aggressive with each run,” she told reporters in France.

Vonn will compete in the downhill and super-G. Her comeback got a jump-start with a downhill victory at Lake Louise this month.

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“I don’t know if I’ll do slalom again,” she said. “But we’ll see. I haven’t skied slalom since my injuries, so I don’t know how it feels yet.”

In other U.S. ski team news, Bode Miller appears to be on schedule to return to competition in January after having back surgery.

The 37-year-old Miller has reportedly returned to training in Park City, Utah, and could compete in Wengen, Switzerland, as soon as next month.

“That’s what we’re shooting for,” team coach Sasha Rearick told the Associated Press.

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