BEAVER CREEK - The ski racing world will be trying to put the brakes on a vintage Lindsey Vonn, whose miracle comeback from knee surgeries continues on home snow at this week’s 2015 World Championships.

The 30-year-old American put a stamp on her recovery from two knee surgeries by claiming her 63rd World Cup victory two weeks ago to become the most successful female skier in history. The four-time overall World Cup champion Vonn is favoured in the downhill and super-G as the world’s elite skiers converge on Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, February 2-15. “I am ready for Vail,” said Vonn. “I feel confident. I am skiing well and hopefully it will be a good World Championships for me. I have a lot of confidence after having a few days of training at Beaver Creek. “It is a very difficult hill and one that requires a lot of tactics.”

Vonn leads both the downhill and super-G World Cup standings. The 2010 Olympic downhill champion has won five of 10 races since her return in December from a 12-month injury absence.

She is the only women with more than three wins this season. Vonn is coming off a victory at last week’s World Cup super-G race in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It was Vonn’s 64th World Cup victory and it came one week after she passed the previous all-time record of 62 set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell. Vonn is fully healthy again for the first time in two years after coming back from two major knee surgeries that caused her to miss the Sochi Olympics.

These are the first Worlds since 2103 when Vonn was involved in a high-speed crash at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria that ended her season. Vonn tore ligaments in her right knee, broke a bone in her leg and her cries of help from the icy piste, as emergency workers raced to assist her, sent shivers through millions watching the race live on TV. She will be battling her American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin for the title of homecoming queen. Shiffrin was born there and Vonn has lived in Vail since she was 11 years old.

Vonn divorced her husband Thomas Vonn in 2011 and has been in a relationship for the past few years with golfer Tiger Woods, who competed last week in Phoenix where he shot an 82, the worst round of his career. Fear of failure is one thing that most great sportsmen and women have in common and Vonn is no different. Part of Vonn’s motivation is people telling her it is time to call it quits. It bothered her during her rehab when she would read where people were questioning her ability to ski race again.

“You should retire. Who is this washed up girl? She has never done anything, she is just Tiger’s girlfriend,” Vonn was quoted as saying on a recent NBC television documentary about her comeback. Vonn has always had high expectations for herself. She once asked the sport’s governing body FIS if she could compete against the men in the downhill at Lake Louise, Canada. Her request was denied.

Vonn’s first race this week, on a mountain she knows so well, is the super-G on Tuesday followed three days later by the downhill. She plans to make the most of racing in front of family and friends and will compete in the giant slalom and possibly the super combined. Those are two events she doesn’t normally race in. “I am going to have more pressure on myself because I want to perform well for my family. “To have a world champ in a home town is something that never happens. I mean as an athlete you dream of things like that.”