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Vonn skips slalom in worlds super-combined

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Associated Press
February 11, 2011
— Lindsey Vonn completed the downhill leg of the super-combined at the world skiing championships but will skip the slalom later Friday.

Vonn, who has been struggling with the effects of a mild concussion following last week’s training crash, finished the 1.8 mile Kandahar course in 1 minute, 50.87 seconds and was 1.60 seconds off the leading time by Austria’s super-G champion Elisabeth Goergl.


“The start went pretty well but I am just not 100 percent fit,” Vonn told German television. “I could not focus in the final part of my run. If I felt better, I would have started in slalom but now it’s too dangerous.”


Vonn said she would rather concentrate on defending her downhill title on Sunday.


“I have to be careful now, I am fully focussing on the downhill,” she said. “I always want to race, but it just is not possible today and I have to accept that.”


The American said Thursday she regarded the downhill part of the super-combined as a training run and would likely sit out the slalom.


The defending champion finished seventh in Tuesday’s super-G and skipped downhill training the next day. On Thursday, Vonn took a full training run at a leisurely speed, wearing a casual outfit to slow her down.


Vonn won this season’s only World Cup super-combined race in Val d’Isere, France, in December.



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