Lindsey Vonn hopes to defend title

Updated: February 12, 2011, 5:24 PM ET
Associated Press

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Still dealing with the lingering effects of a concussion, Lindsey Vonn will wait until just before the start of the downhill to decide whether to defend her title Sunday at the world championships.

"If she feels OK, then she's going to go tomorrow," U.S. women's coach Alex Hoedlmoser told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Vonn has been tested according to the team's concussion protocol each night since crashing during a training run last week in Austria. She'll also be tested after the course inspection before the race on Sunday, Hoedlmoser said.

Vonn has described her races as "skiing in a fog" this week during the world championships.

She finished seventh in the super-G on Tuesday and skied only the downhill portion of the super-combined on Friday. She decided to withdraw from the slalom leg.

Vonn said Friday that she expects to take an early flight home on Sunday. If so, she'll skip the remaining slalom and giant slalom events.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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