Still nursing a bum knee, Vonn to sit out first World Cup race

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The new World Cup ski season begins in the Austrian resort of Soelden this weekend but Lindsey Vonn, the Olympic downhill champion, will not take part as she continues her comeback from a serious and somewhat gruesome knee injury.

As the Pioneer Press reports, the St. Paul native has been training on the glacier in Soelden for the past week and made her decision Wednesday. The paper adds that she'll return at the races in Beaver Creek, Colo., from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

As CNN reminds us (while calling Vonn the "Ski Queen" or "America's Snow Queen" and also publishing a gratuitous photo slideshow of her as if Title IX and the last 40 years of women's equality never happened - then again, she does seem to wear a lot of swimsuits for a skier), Vonn was airlifted to hospital February after she landed heavily on her right knee on the opening day of the Alpine Ski World Championships in Austria.

Less than seven months after her horror crash, the 29-year-old returned to the slopes in Chile to test out her reconstructed knee. But now she's not so sure she's ready to compete.

"While I physically feel great, I have decided to not race this weekend and instead will focus on returning in Beaver Creek," Vonn tells the Associated Press. "I am confident the extra month of training will ultimately put me in the best position to have a successful season."

Vonn shredded her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in a crash at the world championships in Schladming last February.

Since then, she had targeted Beaver Creek for her return, but thought she might be able to move it up to this weekend to Soelden.

On her rather sparkling web site - which features no less that 12 endorsements by our count, including one for Rolex - Vonn dishes a bit about it in the updates section:

"I feel that I need more training before I start racing again...which means the Soelden race is not in the cards this year. Patience is not my strong suit so not racing is very hard for me but it will only make me more excited for the next one."

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