Injured Zoeggeler won't compete at luge worlds

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MILAN (AP) -- Two-time Olympic luge champion Armin Zoeggeler will not compete in the world championships next month so he can fully recover from injuries for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

The Italian veteran, who was third at a World Cup on Saturday, has been dealing with shoulder and neck problems.

"I'm much more interested in getting experience on the Olympic track in Sochi and getting to top form to get top results again," he said. "I have every intention of getting back to my best form and avoiding suffering from even worse pain in the future."

The 39-year-old, who won Olympic gold at the games in 2002 and 2006, has 16 world championship medals -- including six individual golds -- and is considered one of the greatest in the sport.