Sochi 2014: Lindsey Vonn Will Miss Winter Olympics Due To Knee Injury

The United States suffered a big blow to some gold medal hopes with the announcement that skier Lindsey Vonn will miss the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi because of a knee injury. Vonn was one of the nation’s best hopes to win a gold medal, as well as one of its best known athletes.

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With the 2014 Sochi Games scheduled to begin n exactly one month, Vonn announced that she will have surgery shortly, forcing her to miss the Winter Olympics. In a posting on Facebook, Vonn said she is “devastated” to miss the Olympics, “but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.”

Vonn captured two medals in the 2010 Vancouver Games, including becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic gold in the downhill. She will not have an opportunity to defend her medal in Sochi, but said she hopes to be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February.

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Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.