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Lindsey Vonn to miss Sochi Olympics


Lindsey Vonn will not participate in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month due to a knee injury. Sarah Brunson/USSA

USSA News Bureau

Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) announced Tuesday that she will not participate in the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

Vonn, who had staged a comeback in December with an impressive fifth-place finish in the opening Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G in Lake Louise, felt that a subsequent racing injury in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21 made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month.

"I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn said. "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."

Vonn will undergo surgery shortly so that she has sufficient time for recovery with a focus on the February 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at her home in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., as well as the World Cup season.