ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) – Lindsey Vonn will not start Sunday in a World Cup super-G, one day after injuring her back in a race.
“Unfortunately I will not be able to race today,” Vonn wrote on her Twitter account 45 minutes before the scheduled start.
“I am extremely disappointed but my biggest goal this season is the Olympics,” said the American star, who won the downhill title at the 2010 Vancouver Games but missed the 2014 Sochi Games due to injury.
United States’ Lindsey Vonn grimaces in pain after getting to the finish area of an alpine ski, women’s World Cup super-G, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Vonn jarred her back Saturday early in a World Cup super-G on the same St. Moritz course, and completed the race in obvious pain in 24th place.
Late Saturday on Twitter, she described the injury as “an acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction,” though she did not need an MRI.
Vonn added Sunday: “I need to take care of myself now so I can be ready for next week, and more importantly, for February.”
The Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea are staged Feb. 9-25.
Fog and strong winds high on the mountain had already forced race organizers Sunday to shorten the scheduled race and use a lower start gate. The 10:30 a.m. local time (0930 GMT) start was later pushed back to 11:30 a.m. (1030 GMT).
United States’ Lindsey Vonn grimaces in pain after getting to the finish area after completing an alpine ski, women’s World Cup super-G, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
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