Lindsey Vonn will not compete at next month’s Winter Olympics which takes place in Sochi, Russia.
The skiing champ – and Tiger Woods’ girlfriend – has pulled out of the competition due to a knee injury she sustained during a race in Val D’Isere, France back in December 21.
‘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,’ her rep said in a statement.
The rep also added that the 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.’
Lindsay also made the same announcement on her Facebook page, where she expressed her devastation for not being able to compete:
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!
Wishing her a speedy recovery.