Concussion knocks Vonn out of World Championships

By Real Aspen
Real AspenFebruary 14, 2011

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Vail's Lindsey Vonn, who on Sunday won a silver medal in the downhill, will sit out the rest of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in order to recuperate from a lingering concussion and concentrate on the remainder of the regular-season World Cup schedule.

Lindsey Vonn
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Vonn was injured in a giant slalom training crash in Austria nearly two weeks ago and has been dealing with concussion symptoms ever since. She said she will skip the remaining technical and team events at the Worlds in order to fully recover and focus on defending the four World Cup titles she currently holds, including the overall.

"Coming into these championships my plan was to race in all of the events, but I've decided to take the next two weeks off from competition in order to get back to 100 percent," Vonn said.

Vonn is the three-time defending World Cup overall champion and holds titles in downhill, super G and super combined from last season. She is currently leading the downhill, super G and super combined standings, but sits 156 points behind friend Maria Riesch in the overall standings. Raised in Garmisch, Riesch is a double bronze medalist in super G and downhill at these championships.

"It's been a really difficult few weeks and at every stage, I've had 100 percent confidence in the medical advice I've been provided and believe we've made the right decisions," said Vonn. "I'm a competitor and I love to race, that's what makes this a really tough choice, but I do feel it's the right one."

On Sunday, she shook off her concussion to win the silver in the downhill.

Still remaining on the World Championships women's calendar are the nation's team event, giant slalom and slalom.

"Thanks so much to all my fans in Garmisch, the crowds are the biggest we've seen in a while at a World Championships. My hope is that I will be healthy and fresh when the World Cup tour resumes."

The World Cup picks back up Feb. 25-27 in Are, Sweden, with a super combined, downhill and super G.

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