UPDATE: Injured Lindsey Vonn skipping Sochi Olympics

UPDATED Tuesday, January 7, 2014 ---- 8:00 a.m.

Lindsey Vonn is going to skip the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury.

Her personal publicist, Lewis Kay, says in a statement Tuesday that Vonn "will have surgery shortly."

The 29-year-old American won two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, including a gold in the downhill. She is also a four-time overall World Cup champion and the biggest name in Alpine skiing.

But Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee during a high-speed crash at the world championships last February, sidelining her for about 10 months. She re-tore her surgically repaired ACL in a training crash in November, then sprained her MCL during a race at
Val d 'Isere, France, last month.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Sunday, December 1, 2013 --- 10:19 a.m.

VAIL, Colo. (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn says she needs another operation on her right knee but hopes to put it off until after the Sochi Olympics.

Vonn partially tore one of her reconstructed knee ligaments during a crash in training two weeks ago at Copper Mountain. She is seeing if she can ski without another procedure, but at some point "surgery is going to have to happen."

On a chilly Sunday morning, Vonn took three aggressive runs through the super-G course in her race suit. Afterward, she said her surgically repaired knee feels "really good."

So much so that Vonn will travel to Lake Louise, Alberta, this week for downhill training. If training goes well, she will race for the first time since her high-speed accident at the world championships in February.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013 --- 2:18 p.m.

VAIL, Colo. (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn's publicist says the reigning Olympic downhill champion partially tore a ligament in her surgically repaired right knee during a training crash less than three months before the Sochi Games.

Lewis Kay said in an email Wednesday that along with a mild strain in the same knee Vonn hurt in a high-speed fall at the world championships in February, she has "minor facial abrasions" and a bruised shoulder blade.

What was not immediately clear: When Vonn might be able to compete and how Tuesday's injuries might affect her Olympic hopes.

Kay says Vonn will rest for a few days, "then will pursue aggressive physical therapy," before deciding when to try to race.

Vonn had been aiming to return to World Cup action next week.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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