Wed, Feb 16, 2011 - Page 19 News List

Vonn abandons world champs to refocus and recover

AFP, GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany

Three-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn announced on Monday she is quitting the Alpine Skiing World Championships to boost her chances of winning a fourth straight crystal globe.

Vonn lost her world downhill crown on Sunday when she finished second on the Kandahar course behind Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl, who also took Vonn’s -super-G world title from her when the US star finished seventh on Feb 8.

As well as the team event, which takes places today, Vonn will miss tomorrow’s giant slalom and Saturday’s slalom.

She looks set to return to her base in Austria to rest from the after-affects of a head injury which has plagued her throughout the world championships.

A knock to the head in training nearly two weeks ago left Vonn complaining of headaches and with trouble concentrating as she described racing in the super-G as like skiing “in a cloud.”

She is 156 points behind Germany’s Maria Riesch in the World Cup overall standings. A month of racing on alpine’s tough World Cup circuit remains, ahead of the finals which start on March 16.

“Coming into this championship, my plan was to race in all of the events, but I’ve decided to pull out of all the remaining events here,” Vonn said on her Facebook page. “My plan now will be to take some time off and try to get 100 -percent healthy again. My hope is that I will be healthy and fresh when the World Cup tour resumes at the end of the month in Are, Sweden.”

Despite finding herself in the unusual position of second in the downhill, Vonn said her silver medal means she can leave Garmisch on a high.

It had been a difficult tournament for the US star as she struggled to over-come injury and her branding of the Kandahar course as “too dangerous” won her few friends.

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