Lindsey Vonn skis during the women's downhill training of the FIS Ski World Cup in the French Alps resort of Val d'Isere. Photo Courtesy Philippe Desmazes
U.S. women's head coach Alex Hoedlmoser tells The Associated Press that Vonn's heavy schedule has not allowed her to recover from the intestinal illness that landed her in the hospital in Vail, Colo., last month.
Hoedlmoser says the timing of Vonn's return "depends on how she's feeling and exactly what her condition is."
He said Vonn will miss this week's technical races in Are, Sweden. The following races on the schedule are also technical races in Semmering, Austria, Dec. 28-29.
Hoedlmoser says "it's possible she'll skip Semmering, so that would mean her next races would be in January."
Vonn announced the news on a post on her Facebook page:
"After talking with my family and consulting with my coaches and trainers, I have decided to take a break from the World Cup circuit. Since my intestinal infection last month, I have been struggling with my energy and strength. I believe that some time off the mountain will help me regain the physical strength that I require to compete at the level that I demand from myself. I want to be emphatic that this has nothing to do with my recent interview with People Magazine. I had completed that interview weeks before I was in the hospital with the intestinal infection.
I want to thank my sponsors for their continued support. Most of all I want to thank my fans for all of the kind words and love you have shared with me. I wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday and look forward to getting back on the mountain in the new year."
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