Gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, who underwent major knee surgery a year ago, revealed that she is withdrawing from competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. The skier said in a statement: “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”.
Lindsey Vonn will soon have another surgery so that she can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February. On a positive note, she said there will be an additional spot so that one of her teammates can go for gold!
The most accomplished female skier in U.S. history, had hoped to defend her gold medal in the downhill from the 2010 Olympics with a return in Sochi, but suffered multiple setbacks with her surgically repaired right knee.