So sad! After a devastating injury last February, followed by an injury during training in October, Lindsey announced on Jan. 7 that she will NOT be competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
After spraining her MCL in 2009, followed by tearing her ACL on Oct. 19, Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The skier does plan on getting surgery shortly and is hoping to be ready to compete in the 2014/2015 World Cup, her rep told HollywoodLife.com.
Lindsey Vonn Out Of Olympic Games
Lindsey, 29, released the following statement on Facebook on January 7:
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!
On Oct. 19, Lindsey had been practicing in Colorado when she took a hard fall — which resulted in the news that she had partially torn her ACL.
The October injury was just the latest for the Olympian. On Feb. 5, 2012, Lindsey had to be airlifted after taking a bad fall at the Alpine World Ski Championships — she tore two ligaments in her knee and had to undergo reconstructive surgery.
Lindsey hoped to defend the gold she got in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver for downhill skiing, and take another try at the Super-G, as she won Bronze at the 2010 games.
Lindsey Vonn Should ‘Be Ready To Ski Again Next Month’
Additionally, her camp told HollywoodLife.com what exactly happened to the skier.
“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,” her rep told us. “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 Vail-Beaver Creek.”
All of us at HollywoodLife.com are wishing Lindsey Vonn a full recovery!
— Emily Longeretta