Lindsey Vonn postpones return to racing for a month

Vonn made her first return to skiing in late August in Chile. (Jonathan Selkowitz / AP) Vonn resumed training in late August in Chile. (Jonathan Selkowitz / AP)

Lindsey Vonn has decided to push back her return to skiing competition, opting to sit out the Alpine Skiing World Championships — the first event of the season — Saturday in Austria.

Vonn, who underwent reconstructive surgery on her right knee after a terrible crash in February in Austria, instead will compete in Beaver Creek, Colo., Nov. 29-Dec. 1

“My training camp in Soelden [Austria] went very well and I made great progress, but I feel that I need more training before I start racing again…which means the Soelden race is not in the cards this year,” she announced on Facebook. “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. I will go home to Vail and continue my preparation for the Beaver Creek races and my ultimate goal in February! Thanks for the support everyone. xo Lindsey”

That “ultimate goal” is, of course, the Winter Olympics next February in Sochi. While training, she took a few moments to point out that she still crashes — and to show just what that is like.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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