Croatia's veteran slalom specialist Ivica Kostelic is back on his skis for the first time since the latest bout of surgery on his problem right knee.
Kostelic's troubled joint, subjected to years of wear and tear on the slopes, was operated on for the 10th time in May.
The surgery to remove bone growth and on a torn meniscus was a success with the Croatian ski federation reporting on Tuesday the 33-year-old had joined up with the national squad on a two-week training camp on a glacier above Zermatt in southern Switzerland.
Kostelic, the 2011 World Cup champion, has said he wants to compete in two more World Cup seasons, and is also targeting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi next February.
Last season he came in third behind Austria's Marcel Hirscher and Germany's Felix Neureuther in his preferred slalom discipline and fifth in the overall standings.