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Vonn hoping to remain fit enough for Sochi

ESPN staff
December 2, 2013
Lindsey Vonn knows she requires further surgery on her knee © Getty Images

Lindsey Vonn has revealed she is to delay further knee surgery in a bid to remain fit enough to defend her gold medal at the Winter Olympics in February.

In November, Vonn partially tore partially one of the reconstructed ligaments in her knee after crashing in training at Copper Mountain following her return from injury. She had just returned from a seven month lay-off.

However, despite knowing further surgery is inevitable, the American is holding off going under the knife again in an attempt to keep her chances of competing in Sochi alive.

"In the end, surgery is going to have to happen," Vonn said. "I might as well see how long it holds up."

The 29-year-old made several runs at Vail on Sunday and is hoping her knee holds up in time for her to defend her crown.

"[I'm] just trying to ski solid," Vonn said. "I'm not trying to do race runs. I'm trying to build into it. Not push it too hard. But I was still able to be aggressive and confident in what I'm doing so that when I get up to Lake Louise I can hopefully have a good feeling right away."

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