Alpine skiing: Vonn to start season on Saturday with giant slalom

Published 27/10/2017 in Sports

Alpine skiing: Vonn to start season on Saturday with giant slalom
Mar 15, 2017- Aspen, CO, USA- Lindsey Vonn of the United States during the women’s downhill alpine skiing race in the 2017 Audi FIS World Cup Finals at Aspen Mountain. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

American skier Lindsey Vonn will compete in this weekend’s season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Austria as she starts her competitive build-up to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, she said on Thursday.

(Reuters) – American skier Lindsey Vonn will compete in this weekend&rsquo-s season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Austria as she starts her competitive build-up to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, she said on Thursday.

Vonn, who has not competed in the discipline since early 2016, made a late decision to start her season earlier than usual in an effort to build a decent world ranking and earn a good starting slot at February&rsquo-s Games in South Korea.

With the Winter Games fast approaching, Vonn said she does not plan to take any risks on Saturday in Soelden.

&ldquo-The biggest thing this season is staying healthy, so I really don&rsquo-t want to take any chances,&rdquo- she told a news conference.

&ldquo-I just want to ski solid. My solid skiing is enough to get in the top 15. That’s all I really need.&rdquo-

Vonn has four World Cup giant slalom victories, but it is not her strongest event.

She won the 2010 Olympic women&rsquo-s downhill but was unable to defend in 2014 after a series of knee injuries.

She also missed much of last season after suffering a broken arm in a training crash.

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