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Lindsey Vonn to skip opener

Updated: November 7, 2012, 2:38 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM -- Lindsey Vonn will skip the first World Cup slalom of the season in Finland this weekend, choosing instead to prepare for home races in Colorado.

U.S. Ski Team spokesman Doug Haney says Vonn "has had an incredible preparation period" so far, but will focus on the only U.S. stop on the women's circuit on Nov. 24-25 in Aspen, Colo.

Vonn's request to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race was rejected Saturday by the International Ski Federation.

Vonn, a four-time ...

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