Less than a year since having reconstructive surgery on her right knee, it looked as if Lindsey Vonn would be defending her Gold medals in skiing. But following multiple setbacks it was announced yesterday that Vonn would not participate in the Sochi Olympics scheduled to begin February 7.
Vonn has become a household name and one of the more well-known American athletes to compete in the Olympics. In 2006, she failed to medal after suffering a hard crash during the training days just prior to the games in Turin. However, in 2010 Lindsey returned strong and became the first American to win the women’s downhill. Additionally, she added a bronze medal in the super-G.
The 29-year old tore her anterior cruciate and medial collateral knee ligaments, also known as the ACL and MCL, in a crash at the world championships in February of 2013. After just a few months of rehab, things looked positive and it seemed that Vonn would indeed make a return in time for Sochi.
Unfortunately during a training run this past November, Vonn re-tore her ACL as well as spraining her MCL just a few weeks later.
In a Facebook post, Vonn stated,
"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!
The rest of the women's team has been less than impressive this season with just one other skier ranked inside the top 5. Vonn will be looking head the world championships in which she plans on competing if all goes as planned. It has also been speculated that Vonn also plans on attempting to participate in the next Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She will be 33.
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