Injured Vonn out of final worlds tune up in Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) (AFP)
Lindsey Vonn confirmed on Thursday that she will miss this weekend's World Cup races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen -- the womens' final tune-up before the world championships -- as she recovers from a knee injury.
"Unfortunately, racing this weekend in Garmisch isn't in the cards," Vonn wrote on Instagram, ruling herself out of Saturday's downhill and Sunday's super-G events.
"My knee still isn't ready to race. I am working as hard as I can to be back as soon as possible," added Vonn, who made no mention of whether she will be able to race in the worlds in Are, Sweden, which start February 5.
Vonn, 34, had tearfully conceded she may have skied her last race after failing to finish last Sunday's super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, but has since been more positive about her chances of skiing again.
She plans to retire in December and, with 82 World Cup wins to her name, has set herself the challenge of overhauling Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark's all-time record of 86 World Cup wins before hanging up her skies.
Vonn also apologised to fans coming to Garmisch, where she won back-to-back downhill races last winter, hoping to see her add to her overall tally of nine World Cup wins in the Bavarian Alpine resort.
"My deepest apologies to everyone who was planning to come and cheer me on, including the Americans at the military base, who have been so supportive over the years," she wrote.
"I will cherish the memories I've made in Garmisch, especially my slalom win," she said referring to her rare slalom victory of 2009, the same year she also won the super-G in Garmisch.
With Vonn absent in Thursday's first downhill training run, Swiss racer Corrine Suter was the fastest, clocking 1min 40.00sec just ahead of Sweden's Lisa Hoernblad and Austria's Tamara Tippler, with a final practise scheduled for Friday morning (0930 GMT).
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