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VONN IS BACK & SHE'S HUNGRY - Katie Bamber, PlanetSKI
Friday September 9, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

The US queen of speed, Lindsey Vonn, is training in the Andes following an early finish last winter due to injury. Next season she's aiming to be the best skier ever. NEW

Lindsey Vonn is currently in Portillo, Chile training for the upcoming winter.

And she's brought her dog along with her to the mountains for some pre-season prep, too.

ChilePreparing in the Andes















"Second day of GS skiing and I feel great!! It's just like riding a bike," she said from the slopes.

The 76-time competition winner has recently tweeted that her focus for this season is to rack up World Cup wins.

She wants to be the best skier there has ever been - male or female.

She judges that by World Cup wins.

Twitter post on the upcoming seasonVonn's tweet













Vonn is nearing alpine ski racer Ingemar Stenmark's record when it comes to World Cup title wins held - the legendary Swedish skier is on 86.

She is already the best female downhill skier ever - she took that crown last season when she clocked up 36 wins and equalled the record that had stood for over 30 years.

See here for our report for the time.

During the 2015/16 season, she had a major crash that left her with hree fractures in her left knee.

We reported on it at the time.

It didn't curb her drive, however, as she raced the next day competing in the World Cup overall chase.

Portillo, ChilePortillo, Chile















Vonn had to finish the season early due to injuries.

"Because I am currently leading the Overall World Cup standings, this is one of the toughest decisions of my career," Vonn posted on social media in March.

The overall title goes to the skier who compiles the most points based off finishes across all disciplines - downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined.

Vonn last took this in 2012.

Racing in CortinaRacing in Cortina















It comes as a slight surprise that she is not concentrating on the overall title, going on her zeal for it last season.

"My super-G and downhill's in good form," Vonn said in February 2015.

But, taking the space at the top the list of most World Cup wins would be quite some feat.

Two major knee surgeries forced Vonn to miss the Sochi Olympics.

She is hoping her health holds up for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

"Eventually it will get to the point where, physically, there will only be one decision left to make," she said in June.

"So I have to just be prepared for that. I just hope it doesn't come too soon."

"The goal is definitely to make it to the next Olympics in South Korea in 2018, so that's two more seasons, but I'm really hoping for three seasons, and I'll tell you why," Vonn said in June.

"It's because, in my final season, I would like to race against the men in one race."

See here as we reported on her wish to race against the men before she hangs up her skis.

Vonn's competitive spirit is strong and certainly one of a winner.

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