Sad news for ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn: despite fighting hard to bounce back from a knee injury in time for the Sochi Olympics, Lindsey has made the call not to compete this year, according to People.
Since her February surgery for a torn ACL and tibial fracture, Lindsey has been training to regain strength in her knee and prepare for the Olympics. She even competed in the World Cup in Alberta, Canada, in December. But in a December 21 race, her knee “completely gave out,” and that’s when she knew she’d have to undergo surgery again instead of heading to the Winter Olympics.
We know this must be a huge letdown for Lindsey, who holds five World Championship medals and a gold medal from the 2010 Winter Olympics.
“Lindsey Vonn will be unable to compete in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi,” her rep said in a statement issued January 7. “After an 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 able 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 Vali-Beaver Creek,” the statement continued.