Back after ankle injury, Lindsey Vonn feels “awesome” again

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) Lindsey Vonn says she feels ”awesome” after resuming ski training free of pain, 10 weeks after fracturing a bone in her left ankle.

The four-time overall World Cup champion made eight practice runs on a glacier on Thursday, without her ankle showing any reaction.

The American says ”I didn’t feel anything. It didn’t hurt and it wasn’t swollen afterward … A lot better than I expected, honestly.”

Despite a lack of preparation, Vonn hasn’t ruled out a start in Saturday’s season-opening World Cup giant slalom if she feels ”comfortable and confident.”

Chasing her fifth overall title, Vonn says ”my goal may not be to be on the podium but if I get a top-10, you never know how valuable those points will be at the end of the season.”