Following two injuries to her knee, Lindsey Vonn has made the difficult decision to drop out of the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia.
Vonn, who first injured her knee last February, shared the decision on Facebook. She wrote, "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."
It had appeared Vonn would recover from last year's injury, but she hurt her knee again in Colorado and once more in France. Vonn's PR team said in a statement, "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
"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 championship."