Vonn to skip St. Moritz, return on Dec. 21

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm •  Published: December 11, 2013
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Mapping out her Olympics preparation after a three-race test, Lindsey Vonn will skip this weekend's World Cup stop at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and is planning to return to the circuit in a downhill at Val d'Isere, France, on Dec. 21.

Vonn's schedule was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Ski Team.

The 29-year-old American returned to competition at Lake Louise, Alberta, last week, 10 months after tearing two ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in that leg during a crash at the world championships. She also had a setback when she partially re-tore one of those surgically reconstructed ligaments in a fall during practice on Nov. 19.

Vonn finished 40th in a downhill Friday in her World Cup season debut, then 11th in another downhill Saturday, and fifth in a super-G on Sunday.

Asked after that last event what those 72 hours of racing told her, Vonn replied: "It tells me that I do need a couple more starts. I want to make sure that I get on the podium at least once, if not win, before ... Sochi. For me, mentally, I really want to have that in my back pocket."

She also indicated she did not think she needed much more in the way of World Cup work before heading to the Olympics, which start in less than two months.

"I know that I'm skiing well, so I know that I don't need to push myself and try to push the limits of my knee to race as many as races as I can. ... I'm ready for Sochi," Vonn said Sunday. "I may race in one or two races, something like that."



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