Veith ready for World Cup comeback

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Two-time FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall champion Anna Veith - nee Fenninger - will make her long-awaited return to the slopes in Semmering this week.

The 27-year-old has not raced for 14 months after she suffered a knee injury during a training crash on October 2015, forcing her to miss the entire 2015-16 season.

Veith's last race came on March 22 2015 when she won the giant slalom in Meribel.

And it is the same event that will mark her return as she looks to add to the titles she won in the two seasons prior to her injury.

"I feel ready for the comeback," Veith told the Austrian Skiing Federation website.

"While I am physically far from being on the same level as before the injury there has been significant progress in the training of the past weeks, so I would like to get back.

"I am looking forward to this step and it will be a very special feeling to stand in the start house after such a long time."

Reigning overall champion Lara Gut goes into the races in Austria as favourite, though, after four giant slalom wins already this season.