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Vonn on skis just a few days out of hospital

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OUT of the hospital just a few days, Lindsey Vonn is already back on the hill.

The four-time overall World Cup champion resumed her giant slalom training Sunday as she went through a series of gates on a course in Vail, Colo. The day before, Vonn did a little freeskiing on the mountain.

She's quickly getting back up to speed after missing time with an intestinal illness. If she's up for it, Vonn will go through a super-G training session today.

There's still no decision whether she will take part in giant slalom and slalom races in Aspen over U.S. Thanksgiving weekend. The plan is to take things day by day. But this was a good start.

"She didn't lose her skills. Her skiing was right there," U.S. women's technical coach Roland Pfeifer said Sunday after the training session. "Obviously, she has a little lack of energy. It's just a matter of how fast she's able to charge her battery, talking about starting in Aspen. We go day by day.

"She's in a very good mood. She likes to be on the slope again. She's so happy to be back."

Vonn was admitted to the hospital in Vail last Monday and stayed two nights. A few days after being released, she posted on Facebook: "Finally starting to get healthy again! Looks like I had some infection in my tummy but everyone has been taking good care of me."

The Olympic downhill gold medallist recently requested to compete in a men's downhill race, only to be rejected by the International Ski Federation. She was hoping to enter the men's race Nov. 24 at Lake Louise, Alta. Had she been allowed to compete against the men, Vonn would have missed the two women's races in Aspen.

She skipped a slalom competition in Levi, Finland, earlier this month to sneak in more training. She has 53 career victories, trailing only Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria (62) and Vreni Schneider of Switzerland (55).

The 28-year-old Vonn also is seeking to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau after finishing just 20 away last season. She would like nothing more than to join Austrian great Hermann Maier as the only skiers to attain that lofty mark.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 19, 2012 C4

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