United States skiing star Lindsey Vonn has been working hard to get back to top form after suffering multiple knee injuries in 2013, but it looks like she will be unable to get back to 100 percent in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics, which take place in Sochi, Russia beginning next month.
After ACL surgeries and a handful of training accidents, her knee appears that it will not be able to hold up for the rigors of Olympic competition.
On Tuesday morning, it was announced that Vonn would not be able to compete in the Olympics because of the knee injury.
The Olympics tweeted out the news on their official account:
BREAKING: Lindsey Vonn will not compete in #Sochi2014 due to knee injury. Story to follow.
— NBCOlympics (@NBCOlympics) January 7, 2014
Vonn said that her knee is still far too unstable to compete, and she has regretfully decided that the Olympics will not be a reality.
Vonn released a statement on her Facebook page:
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!