Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from the 2014 Winter Olympics due to an injury.
Vonn, 29, reinjured her right knee on Dec. 21. She was found to have an MCL sprain and a torn ACL, which will keep her from competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. The skier will undergo surgery soon and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2014-2015 World Cup season, reports USA Today.
“While Lindsey won’t be in Sochi, we have a strong team that is well prepared to challenge,” Bill Marolt, president of the U.S. Skiing and Snowboard Association, told USA Today. “The women’s speed team is experienced with five athletes who have achieved World Cup podiums and a seasoned veteran in Julia Mancuso, who has won three Olympic medals in her career.”
Vonn announced that she wouldn’t be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics via a Facebook (FB) post. In her post, Vonn says that she is “devastated” that she won’t be able to compete, but that it will leave a spot open so that one of her teammates can “go for gold.”