Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser celebrates after winning an alpine ski, women’s World Cup slalom, in Schladming, Austria, Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

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Like her famous teammate Marlies Schild, who already declared forfeit for the Sölden event, Michaela Kirchgasser has decided to skip the season opening giant slalom in Sölden this weekend following a training crash last week in Hintertux where she hit her left knee. Kirchgasserd decided with her coaches on Monday to allow some more time for her knee’s recovery, which she had operated in May 2010, and hence skip the opening in Sölden.

“Sölden or ski racing in general only makes sense if you are 100% fit and can give it 100%. This is at the moment not possible and hence my decision is easily justified. I will use this week for intensive therapy, to be fully fit for the entire winter season,” explained Kirchgasser.

Kirchgasser plans to start at the Slalom Opening in Levi (FIN) as planned.