Lindsey hoists the 2010 Downhill globe, her third in a row Erich Spiess/Red Bull Photofiles

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn will be back in the spotlight this weekend when she takes her place in the start gate for the 2011 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour kickoff in Soelden, Austria.

Action begins Saturday with women's giant slalom, followed by the men on Sunday. Also in the women's gate for the U.S. team are Julia Mancuso, Sarah Schleper and Megan McJames.

Mancuso and Vonn have been preparing for the weekend in nearby Pitztal, with Schleper and McJames joining them for the last day of training before heading to Soelden.

"We had four good days on some hard ice at Pitztal," said women's Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. "Lindsey is unbelievably confident now on the ice and Julia is doing some great things with her new skis. We've done everything we needed to do to prepare for this weekend."

The women's Team now has one day off before resuming training on the Rettenbach Glacier high above Soelden.

Tune in to Universal Sports for coverage of Soelden with the races airing same-day on television, and keep up with everything Lindsey’s doing (and wish her a belated happy birthday!) at her official site.




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