Vonn to sit out remaining World Championships races in order to fully recover from concussion

By Real Vail
Real AspenFebruary 14, 2011
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Vail's Lindsey Vonn, who on Sunday won a silver medal in the downhill, will sit out the rest of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in order to recuperate from a lingering concussion and concentrate on the remainder of the regular-season World Cup schedule.

Vonn was injured in a giant slalom training crash in Austria nearly two weeks ago and has been dealing with concussion symptoms ever since. She said she will skip the remaining technical and team events at the Worlds in order to fully recover and focus on defending the four World Cup titles she currently holds, including the overall.

"Coming into these championships my plan was to race in all of the events, but I've decided to take the next two weeks off from competition in order to get back to 100 percent," Vonn said.

Vonn is the three-time defending World Cup overall champion and holds titles in downhill, super G and super combined from last season. She is currently leading the downhill, super G and super combined standings, but sits 156 points behind friend Maria Riesch in the overall standings. Raised in Garmisch, Riesch is a double bronze medalist in super G and downhill at these championships.

"It's been a really difficult few weeks and at every stage, I've had 100 percent confidence in the medical advice I've been provided and believe we've made the right decisions," said Vonn. "I'm a competitor and I love to race, that's what makes this a really tough choice, but I do feel it's the right one."

Still remaining on the World Championships women's calendar are the nation's team event, giant slalom and slalom.

"Thanks so much to all my fans in Garmisch, the crowds are the biggest we've seen in a while at a World Championships. My hope is that I will be healthy and fresh when the World Cup tour resumes."

The World Cup picks back up Feb. 25-27 in Are, Sweden with a super combined, downhill and super G.

comments: 1 Comment on "Vonn to sit out remaining World Championships races in order to fully recover from concussion"

RMHCFamily – Feb. 18, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.

"I applaud Lindsey Vonn for using her own discretion and the advice of the team physicians by dropping out of the World Competitions. Lindsey is a role model for many children and too many times our kids see their role models "shake it off" and return to play too soon. The message that sends is a dangerous one because our children don't see the lifetime of suffering these athletes potentially face as a result of multiple concussions. A concussion, although not as obvious as a torn knee ligament or a broken finger (two injuries that Lindsey has sustained in the past), is a serious brain injury and needs to be treated as such. A second hit to Lindsey's brain right now, while it is still recovering, could lead to serious long-term damage, and in children, can even lead to death. I have dedicated my career to helping athletes, parents and players learn the dangers of concussion and returning to play too soon. I'm glad to see a role model that is helping to change the culture around brain injury." -- Karen McAvoy, PsyD, Director, Center for Concussion, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, Colorado. www.youthsportsmed.com

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