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Lindsey Vonn pulls out of ski Worlds

  |   Feb. 14, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- American skier Lindsey Vonn said she would skip the rest of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Germany and focus on the rest of the World Cup tour.

The three-time World Cup overall champion won the silver medal in the downhill after shaking off the effects of a concussion but said she felt taking a couple of weeks off would benefit her in the long run.

"It's been a really difficult few weeks and at every stage, I have had 100 percent confidence in the medical advice I've been provided with," Vonn said in a written statement Monday. "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."

Vonn, will miss this week's slalom and giant slalom at Garmisch and aim of the next World Cup stop on Feb. 25-27 in Sweden, which will feature her specialties, the downhill, the super-G and the super-combined. Vonn is currently the tour points leader in all three events, but trails Germany's Maria Riesch in the overall World Cup standings.

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