Vonn won’t train during break from World Cup
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy – Lindsey Vonn doesn’t plan to do any serious training on skis during her midseason break from the World Cup. Rainer Salzgeber, racing director of Vonn’s equipment supplier Head, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the four-time overall winner hasn’t asked for her ski technician Heinz Haemmerle to follow her to the United States.
“No, she won’t ski. She said she needs to rest and get her fitness, and I think also her mind,” Salzgeber said at a men’s slalom race. “She wants to do some dry-land training, and that’s it.”
Vonn announced on Monday that she needs a break because she has yet to fully recover from an intestinal illness that landed her in a hospital last month.
Salzgeber said Vonn likely won’t return until races in St. Anton, Austria, on Jan. 12-13. If she doesn’t return until St. Anton, Vonn will miss six races, which could affect her chances of defending the overall title.
Vonn is fourth in the standings. Tina Maze of Slovenia leads with 799 points, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany is next with 468, Kathrin Zettel of Austria has 440 and Vonn has 414.
“It’s too bad that she’s not going to put in a fight for the overall,” American teammate Ted Ligety told The AP. “Throwing in the towel a little early is a little lame, I guess, but I don’t know what her health situation is, so it’s tough to say.”
Defending men’s overall winner Marcel Hirscher of Austria was also asked about Vonn’s decision.
“I can understand Lindsey,” Hirscher told Austrian media. “She’s even a level up from me in popularity. It’s hard when every single word you say is dissected and blown out of proportion. This doesn’t happen only in skiing.”
With Bode Miller still to start his season as he recovers from left knee surgery, it leaves the U.S. Ski Team without its two most established stars.
Miller is also supplied by Head.
Salzgeber said the plan for Miller is for him to begin training in Europe in January.
“He wants to try some different stuff, and if he feels really great – but we don’t expect that, with his knee – then it could be possible that he skis the world championships in the speed events,” Salzgeber said, referring to the season highlight in February in Schladming, Austria. “But otherwise skip the season. We will see.”
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