Lindsey Vonn of the USA celebrates after taking 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on January 26, 2013 in Maribor, Slovenia. (Photo by Stanko Gruden/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
SOELDEN, Austria - Still recovering from right knee surgery, Lindsey Vonn has decided to skip Saturday's season-opening race in Austria, preferring to return next month.
Vonn has been training on the glacier in Soelden for the last week and made her decision Wednesday.
She'll return at the races in Beaver Creek, Colo., from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
She says "while I physically feel great, I have decided to not race this weekend and instead will focus on returning in Beaver Creek. I am confident the extra month of training will ultimately put me in the best position to have a successful season."
Vonn shredded her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in a crash at the world championships in Schladming last February.
The Sochi Olympics run from Feb. 7-23.
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