Lindsey Vonn is heading back to the United States for an unexpected break in the middle of the World Cup ski season and is unlikely to return to Europe until January.
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."
Hoedlmoser said Vonn will miss this week's slalom and giant slalom races in Are, Sweden. The following races on the schedule are also technical races in Semmering, Austr...