Lindsey Vonn: I'm Skipping Olympics
After latest fall, she's pulling out of Sochi
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2014 8:14 AM CST
Lindsey Vonn of the USA waits in the finish area during the women's Downhill race of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season, in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

(Newser) – Turns out that February crash will sideline Lindsey Vonn for the Sochi Olympics after all, despite her promises to the contrary and a successful surgery. "I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn wrote on Facebook today. "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." She's having another surgery soon and expects to be ready for the World Championships next February.

Vonn's knee gave out last month, during a downhill race in France, reports People, which has a statement from her rep: "After the 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 ready to safely ski again next month." Meanwhile, Russia today rolled out this crazy restricted zone surrounding Sochi.

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Jan 8, 2014 12:34 AM CST
Oh no! What will she do at home on her back all day?
Norman Johnson
Jan 7, 2014 4:41 PM CST
Maybe she could try knee braces like Joe Namath used to use when he played football for the Jets.
joe mogumbo
Jan 7, 2014 3:39 PM CST
Note to self - prediction - 10 years from now (probably less) Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods will be "ex's".