Lindsey Vonn Pulls Out Of Winter Olympics

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By Michael Lewittes

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Lindsey Vonn has pulled out of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The skiing champion made the tough decision after she injured her right knee again during a race in Val D’Isere, France on December 21.

A rep for the athlete said in a statement on Tuesday, “Lindsey Vonn will be unable to compete in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 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.”

Vonn underwent knee surgery last February after a skiing accident in Austria.

The 2010 gold medalist “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,” her rep added.

Vonn also posted a statement on her Facebook page, saying she’s “devastated” about not being able to compete. She wrote, “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!”

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