U.S. women’s coach Alex Hoedlmoser told The Associated Press on Monday that Vonn’s heavy schedule has not allowed the four-time overall World Cup winner to recover from the intestinal illness that landed her in a hospital in Vail, Colo., last month.
Hoedlmoser said the timing of Vonn’s return “depends on how she’s feeling and exactly what her condition is.”
“She’s going home for now,” Hoedlmoser said. “We’ll have to see when she’s ready. It’s a little bit unknown, but the plan is to get her back strong. … With the way the schedule has been and all the travel she just hasn’t had a chance to get back to strength. We want her back at full strength.”
“It’s possible she’ll skip Semmering, so that would mean her next races would be in January,” Hoedlmoser said. “It depends how she’s feeling and exactly what her condition is.”
Vonn won three consecutive speed races at Lake Louise, Alberta, this season, and a super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Dec. 8 for her 57th career World Cup win — moving her within five of record-holder Annemarie Moser-Proell on the all-time list. But she fared poorly in both her races this past weekend in France.
On Friday in Val d’Isere, she had an uncharacteristic fall in the downhill, an event in which she’s the Olympic champion. On Sunday in Courchevel, she fell again in the opening run of a giant slalom.
Immediately after Sunday’s race, Vonn posted a note on Facebook: “Hit a rock on my left ski in the GS and skied off course…struggling to find the energy I usually have…going to think hard over the next few days about my plan for the coming weeks and how to get strong again. Trying to stay positive. Now I’m packing up the Audi and heading to the airport.”
After Semmering, there is a special city event in Munich on New Year’s Day and a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Jan. 4, followed by speed races Jan. 12-13 in St. Anton, Austria — on one of Vonn’s favorite courses.
Depending on how many races Vonn misses, her chances of defending the overall title may be affected.
Vonn, however, might not miss any speed races, her specialty, so Hoedlmoser wasn’t counting her out.
“In January there are plenty of races left for her,” he said. “The goal is to get her back up in shape.”
In last week’s issue of People magazine, Vonn revealed she struggled with depression in 2008 and was prescribed an antidepressant. She added that she’s happier these days.View Entire Story
By Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's men trash the Constitution to pursue antagonists
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Consummate traveler Todd DeFeo explores the unique stories that make destinations worth going to.
We welcome you to the intimate and personal thoughts on the news and events we, as editors, watch, read, and discuss with our writers every day.
A collection of reader guest articles, thoughts and opinions by Communities writers and breaking news and information.
News and opinion from a Millennial Urbanite with Southern sensibilities,
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention