WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Lindsey Vonn announced she will not be able to compete for Team USA in the Winter Olympic Games in four weeks due to a lingering knee injury, the skier announced on Twitter Tuesday morning.
Vonn, 29, first had surgery to repair her ACL after wiping out at the world championships last February, but suffered a major setback partially re-tearing the ligament in November.
“I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi,” Vonn said on her personal Facebook page, linked from Twitter. “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!