U.S. Downhill Skier Lindsey Vonn: Not Competing in Winter Olympics [Video]
Bad news, Lindsey Vonn fans: Because of a repetitive knee injury, the gold-medal skier will be unable to compete in this year’s Winter Olympics.
As her rep explained in a statement, “Lindsey Vonn will be unable to compete in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. After the incident in Val D’Isere, an MRI showed an MCL sprain, which coupled with the torn ACL, has made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month.”
“She will have surgery shortly and is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2014/15 World Cup season and the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek.”
Basically, her knee is a mess.
Vonn also expressed her disappointment to fans on her own, writing on her Facebook page:
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!