Derrick Rose, meet Lindsey Vonn, yet another star athlete who’s fallen victim to the dreaded ACL tear. The Sochi Winter Olympics will be missing one of its biggest stars, as Vonn announced this morning via Twitter that she would be ruled out of the upcoming Games due to complications with her knee. Vonn’s recent health issues started last February when she tore the ACL in her right knee during in a crash at the World Championships. Vonn re-injured the same knee in November while training. But her recent decision to pull out of the Olympics stems from yet another setback in December, this time a medial collateral ligament sprain. Now it appears that her body has had enough.
I am devastated to announce that I will not be competing in Sochi. My FB page has the whole story. http://t.co/7KHSXa0xYJ
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) January 7, 2014
In a statement posted on Facebook, Vonn said: “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.” But Vonn also has her eyes on the future—and her inevitable comeback: “I’m having surgery soon so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February,” she said in the same statement.
At age 29, Vonn, who is currently dating golfer Tiger Woods, is already the most successful American skier in history with 17 World Cup titles to her name. This will be a huge blow to the Games, which are set to begin in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 7.