Lindsey Vonn "Devastated", Unable to Compete in Sochi

Jan 7, 2014

Skier Lindsey Vonn says she will not be able to compete in the Winter Olympics next month.

Vonn made the announcement on social media around 6:30am MT this morning:

"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! 

XO Lindsey"

The 29-year-old had been working on making the Olympic team following two torn ligaments and a broken leg last February. In November and December, Vonn suffered additional injuries in both Colorado and France. 

You can read more about Vonn's recent challenges from The Washington Post.