Although Lindsey Vonn tore the ACL in her right knee at the 2013 Ski World Championships last February and then partially tore the ACL again in late 2013, she was still expected to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month. After all, this is what skiers live for—to participate in the Olympics. However, after testing the knee out this month to see how it would hold up in the Olympics, it sounds like Vonn simply isn't going to be healthy enough to try and capture gold next month:
BREAKING: Lindsey Vonn announces that she will not compete in the Olympics, citing setbacks from the ACL she tore last year.— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) January 7, 2014
Vonn has already released a statement expressing just how disappointed she is at the moment.
"I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," she wrote on her Facebook page. "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."
What a tough break for Vonn. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
[via NBC Sports]