US Ski Team competitor Lindsey Vonn announced Tuesday morning via social media, that she will not be competing in this year’s Sochi Olympics held in Russia. The US Ski Team athlete suffered a partial tear to her ACL back in late November in Colorado, and was determined to continue training right after quick rehabilitation. However, her plans were ultimately set back in late December when she realized her right knee refused to let her finish the downhill run in Val d’Isere, France.
Vonn tried to continue pursuing her dreams of competing in the winter Sochi Olympics in 2014, however now with just weeks until the main events, she has called it quits. Vonn posted a Facebook status update this morning admitting the reality of her situation:
“I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi.” I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level. I’m having surgery soon so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February. On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold. Thank you all so much for all of the love and support. I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA!”
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