Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn will sit out the opening race of the Alpine Ski World Cup in Austria this weekend to help her recovery from a knee injury.
started training in September
after being out for seven months with ruptured ligaments following a crash at the
Alpine Skiing World Championships.
Lindsey Vonn factfile
Makes World Cup debut aged 16 in Park City, Utah
Competes at Winter Olympics in Utah aged 17 in downhill and combined
Claims first World Cup race win at Lake Louise in Canada
Wins first World Cup title to become only the second American woman to lift the trophy
Wins World Championships in Val-d'Isere, France, and becomes first American to win women's world Super-G title
Wins downhill gold at Winter Olympics
"I feel that I need more training before I start racing again,"
Vonn plans to return in November's World Cup event at Beaver Creak and is determined to defend her Olympic title.
The Sochi Winter Games take place from 6-23 February, with Vonn holding the
after her victory at Vancouver in 2010.
Before deciding not to compete in Soelden this weekend, she trained intensively on the glacier there for the past week.
"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," the four-time overall World Cup champion added on her Facebook page.
"I will go home to Vail and continue my preparation for the Beaver Creek races and my ultimate goal in February!"