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Lindsey Vonn decides to race in Lake Louise downhill

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U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn said Thursday that she plans to race on Friday in the Lake Louise Audi FIS World Cup downhill event, according to a U.S. Ski Team release and her personal Facebook page. After a training run on Wednesday, she opted out of a second training run on Thursday in favor of rest for the actual event.

The start in Canada will be Vonn's first official race since tearing the ACL in her right knee last season. She partially tore her reconstructed ACL on Nov. 19 during training, but the 2010 Olympic gold-medalist was cleared for competition earlier in the week by team doctors and coaches.

Vonn, 29, has won a record 14 times in Lake Louise, more victories at one venue than any racer in World Cup history. Racetime is 12:30 p.m. MST Friday and will be carried live on Universal Sports Network.

The Vail, Colo., resident plans to defend her gold medal in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in February in Sochi, Russia. She also won a bronze medal in the super G at the last Olympics and has four overall World Cup titles in her career.

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