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Kathrin Zettel will sit out World Cup race to prepare for Olympics

January 26, 2010 | 10:10 am

Zettel Austrian skier Kathrin Zettel said today she would not take part in this weekend's World Cup event in Switzerland in order to prepare for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

The defending world champion in the super-combined said she needs to take a break from her heavy race schedule.

At last weekend's race in Italy, she finished 38th in the super-G before crashing out in the giant slalom on her final run. This weekend's race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is the final World Cup event before the Olympics begin Feb. 12.

Zettel is third overall in the World Cup standings behind American Lindsey Vonn and German Maria Riesch.

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Kathrin Zettel clears a gate during her first run in the giant slalom race in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy on Saturday. Photo credit: Andrea Solero / AFP/Getty Images