Soelden - Lindsey Vonn will skip Saturday's first race of the Alpine skiing
season as she doesn't feel confident about the icy conditions on the
race hill, 10 weeks after fracturing an ankle bone.
overall World Cup champion returned successfully to training on skis
Thursday, but decided after another practice session Friday not to start
in a giant slalom on the Rettenbach glacier on Saturday.
few runs I've had since returning to snow I have felt strong, confident
and been skiing without pain," she wrote on her Facebook page. "However,
the icy conditions on the race hill coupled with the fact that it's
only been 10 weeks since I fractured my ankle makes me slightly
The American said she planned to return to the World
Cup in Aspen for a giant slalom on Nov. 28 before traveling to Lake
Louise for speed races the following week.
Vonn crashed during a
training camp in New Zealand in August, suffering yet another setback
after an impressive return from serious knee injuries last season. She
broke the all-time record for most women's World Cup wins and grabbed
her seventh downhill season title.
The American, who turned 31 Sunday, said her priority was to avoid any risks of hurting herself again.
the snow conditions were different my decision would have been
different as well," she said. "But at this stage in my career I suppose
it's better to err on the side of caution."
Vonn said Thursday she
felt "awesome" after resuming ski training free of pain, and that her
left ankle showed no reaction and held up "a lot better than I expected,
Vonn finished third in the overall standings last
season and is the highest ranked skier to start in the new campaign as
Austria's Anna Fenninger (injury) and Slovenia's Tina Maze (year off)
Chasing her fifth big crystal globe, the American
could become the oldest female skier to win the overall title. The
record is held by Swiss great Veni Schneider, who was 30 when she last
triumphed in 1995.