Oct 23, 2013, 5:04 AM EDT
Lindsey Vonn will not race at the season-opening World Cup stop in Soelden, Austria, on Saturday.
“While I physically feel great, I have decided to not race this weekend and instead will focus on returning in Beaver Creek,” she said Wednesday, according to the U.S. Ski Team. “I am confident the extra month of training will ultimately put me in the best position to have a successful season.”
She had been training in Austria for the last week.
Vonn, 29, will now seek to return for the first speed races of the season in Beaver Creek, Colo., beginning Nov. 29. She blew out her right knee in a crash at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria, in February.
Beaver Creek was the original planned return date until her rehab went so well that, after returning to skiing on snow in September, she considered moving her comeback up a month for Saturday’s giant slalom.
The Soelden favorite should be reigning overall World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia, who took the crown of world’s greatest all-around skier with a record-breaking campaign last year.
The U.S. starters for Soelden are scheduled to be Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Megan McJames on Saturday and Ted Ligety, Bode Miller, Tim Jitloff, Tommy Biesemeyer, Robby Kelley and Kieffer Christianson on Sunday.
Ligety is the reigning World Cup giant slalom champion and World Champion in the event. Miller missed all of last season, recovering from left knee surgery.
“My physical preparation is probably the best it’s been in a long time,” Miller said. “In taking a year away from the World Cup, I’ve been able to let my knee heal completely. I’m ready to return to the World Cup on a hill where I had one of the first wins of my career.”
Universal Sports will have online and TV coverage of the Soelden races this weekend.
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