Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has ruled herself out of the Sochi Games after a crash in November that reaggravated a major knee injury.
"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." Lindsey Vonn
Rather than perform in the Sochi Olympics, Vonn, who is out of competitive action with a knee injury, will report on the games for NBC via the network's "Today" show and NBC Sports program.
Lindsey Vonn crashed while training at the U.S. Ski Team's speed training site in Copper Mountain, Colo., in preparation for her return to racing. The crash came as the four-time overall World Cup champion was attempting to come back from extensive knee surgery following another crash in Feb. 2013.
Vonn was competing in February in the Super-G event at the world championships in Austria when she landed awkwardly. She was treated on the slopes by medical teams, then airlifted to a local hospital. Surgery repaired her torn anterior-cruciate and medial-collateral ligaments in her knee.
"I just went off the jump, flew too far, and landed in a pile of snow that hadn't been cleared away. It essentially stopped my feet on impact, and my knee just completely buckled.'" Lindsey Vonn
Vonn won 18 of the previous 28 Super-G events at World Cup races before her Feb. 2013 crash. She had just returned to racing after a month off for an intestinal illness. During her recovery, Vonn said she had been wearing a protective knee brace as advised by her doctor.
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