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Vonn won't compete in Austria event

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Lindsey Vonn plans to be in top form for the Sochi Olympics.
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Still recovering from right knee surgery, Lindsey Vonn has decided not to race in Saturday's Olympic ski season kickoff in Austria but says she will be back next month.

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Vonn has been training on the glacier in Soelden for the last week and made her decision on Wednesday.

She'll return at her home races in Beaver Creek, Colorado, 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 Olympic downhill champion and four-time overall World Cup winner hopes to be back in top form for the Sochi Olympics in February.

Vonn had originally targeted Beaver Creek for her return but then she said last month she was thinking of racing the giant slalom in Soelden after a solid training camp in Portillo, Chile, in August.

"By the end of the camp she was skiing super-G and GS like nothing really happened," U.S. women's head coach Alex Hoedlmoser told The Associated Press last week.

Vonn won the giant slalom in Soelden two years ago although GS is far from her best event.

Vonn has won three career World Cup giant slaloms to go with her 29 in downhill, 20 in super-G, two in slalom and five in combined. She needs only three more wins to match Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell's record of 62 World Cup race victories.

Last season, Tina Maze of Slovenia won in Soelden and went on to take the overall World Cup title with a record point total.

The U.S. team says its starters for Soelden will be 2006 Olympic GS champion Julia Mancuso, reigning slalom World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin, and Megan McJames.

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The U.S. men's starters are highlighted by two-time defending Soelden champion Ted Ligety and two-time overall World Cup winner Bode Miller.

Ligety won by a massive 2.75-second margin in Soelden last season, when he went on to win six of eight World Cup GS races.

"Soelden is an incredible place to start the season," Ligety said. "Fortunately we're always able to get some good training on the glacier leading up to the weekend and it's a hill I feel comfortable on. I have a good chance to win again."

Miller is back after a season off to fully recover from left knee surgery.

"My physical preparation is probably the best it's been in a long time," Miller said. "In taking a year away from the World Cup, I've been able to let my knee heal completely. I'm ready to return to the World Cup on a hill where I had one of the first wins of my career."

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