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Julia Mancuso to miss World Cup season opener

Julia Mancuso

Julia Mancuso, of the United States, celebrates in the podium after her third place finish in the women’s World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

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Julia Mancuso, a four-time Olympian with four Olympic medals, will not race in the Alpine skiing World Cup season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 24, due to a hip injury, according to her Instagram.

Mancuso, 31, will miss the start of the season for the first time since 2002.

Mancuso is better at the speed events of downhill and super-G, so she could wait until the first speed races of the season the first week of December to debut, like Lindsey Vonn the last two seasons.

Mancuso cut her 2014-15 season short due to right hip pain and skipped the World Cup Finals in March.

She then hit her head on a reef, needing 15 staples among her hair, according to her Instagram in late May.

Mancuso performed well in her first three speed events last season, finishing in the top seven on three straight days in Lake Louise, Alberta. Then she fell in a giant slalom and finished in the top 10 twice in 10 World Cup races and no higher than ninth in four World Championships races.

Mancuso plans on competing through the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, which would be her fifth. No U.S. woman previously competed in five Winter Games.

Bode Miller, a six-time Olympic medalist, will miss the entire World Cup season.

It’s unclear if Lindsey Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, will race in Soelden. Vonn will be in Las Vegas this weekend, according to her social media.

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*Correction: An earlier version of this post reported that Mancuso hasn’t missed the season opener since 2006. While that’s true, the 2006 opener was canceled. The last time Mancuso didn’t compete in a Soelden season opener that was run was in 2002.