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Mikaela Shiffrin 'flattered' by criticism from Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller

ARE, Sweden -- Mikaela Shiffrin said Tuesday she was "flattered'' rather than disappointed about Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller questioning her decision to sit out several events at the world championships.

Shiffrin expanded on a long and heartfelt Instagram message she posted soon after Vonn and Miller expressed surprise at her not competing in every discipline at the event.

"I was super, super flattered (but) the reason I made this post was because they both also said they thought essentially that I was wrong in making my decision and I have reasons that maybe they didn't consider in making my decision," she said.

After winning the super-G on the opening day of competition, Shiffrin decided not to compete in the Alpine combined event and left town to train in Trysil, Norway, for a few days.

She returned to Are on Monday ahead of the giant slalom and slalom at the end of this week.

"I definitely feel that it was the right decision for me. I'm a little bit fresher going into these races, but mainly I've got in some really great training, that is important for me.''

She said, "it almost feels like a second start to the world championships.''

Earlier Tuesday, Scandinavian skiing royalty Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Anja Paerson came to Shiffrin's defense. Aamodt and fellow Norwegian Lasse Kjus won Olympic or worlds medals in all five disciplines during their careers.

"She's smarter than me and Lasse Kjus. ... We won some races but we did a lot of bad races because we were pretty tired. ... We want to see her win five events in a championships in the future, hopefully, but I think it's smart of her and the team around her to hold back a little," Aamodt said.

Added Paerson, who won five medals -- including three golds -- at her home worlds in the 2007 worlds in Are: "She knows that she's not capable enough yet and maybe she has to plan in the future. But I love that she's taking her own way."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.