Lindsey Vonn says she will miss Sochi Olympics because of knee injury

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Lindsey Vonn To Miss Sochi Winter Olympics With Knee Injury

This morning Lindsey Vonn announced that she will miss Sochi Olympics because of her knee injury.

"I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi. 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," Vonn said in a statement according to Today.com.

She continued, "I'm having surgery soon so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February. On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold. Thank you all so much for all of the love and support. I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA!"

The gold medalist underwent major knee surgery 11 months ago after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee and fracturing her tibia in a crash in Schlamding, Austria, in the Alpine skiing world championships.

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Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates in the finish area after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G race, at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, kisses the alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill's discipline trophy, at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)
Lindsey Vonn, of United States, speeds down the course during the alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G race, at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)
Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, center, winner of the alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G title, celebrates on the podium with second placed Anna Fenninger, of Austria, left, and third placed Tina Maze, of Slovenia, at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)
MERIBEL, FRANCE - MARCH 19: (FRANCE OUT) Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and Lindsey Vonn of the USA both win the overall SuperG and Downhill World Cup globes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Men's and Women's Super G on March 19, 2015 in Meribel, France. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA takes 1st place and wins a cow named Winny during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 20, 2014 in Val D'isere, France. (Photo by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn, of United States, hugs a calf as she celebrates after winning an alpine ski women's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA takes 1st place and wins a cow named Winny during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 20, 2014 in Val D'isere, France. (Photo by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn, of United States, center, winner of an alpine ski women's World Cup downhill celebrates on the podium with Viktoria Rebensburg, of Germany, left, second placed ex aequo with Elisabeth Goergl of Austria, right, in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Golfer Tiger Woods (L) and ski racer Lindsey Vonn attend Tiger Jam 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn of United States competes during training for an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, France, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Austrian skier Anna Fenninger posted the fastest time in a World Cup downhill training run ahead of countrywoman Regina Sterz and Lindsey Vonn on Friday. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)
Tiger Woods, right, and his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, left, react during the opening ceremony at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Lindsey Vonn arrives at the 4th Annual Hall of Game Awards on Saturday, Feb, 15, 2014 in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Skier Lindsey Vonn attends the quarterfinal match between Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and Gael Monfils, of France, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Lindsey Vonn of the US celebrates after winning the second women's downhill race during the Alpine Skiing FIS World Cup at Lake Louise, Canada on December 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
US golfer Tiger Woods (L) speaks with an official during the women's downhill race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val d'Isere in the French Alps on December 21, 2013. Lindsey Vonn of the US failed to put together a winning run for onlooking boyfriend Tiger Woods as her unstable right knee gave way halfway down the course. Vonn insisted the incident would not have major ramifications, saying she would race a maximum of two more events before heading to Sochi to defend her Olympic downhill title in February. AFP PHOTO/FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Ski racer Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. laughs during training at the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Vonn started her first training after her knee injury. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Lindsey Vonn speaks at a news conference regarding her future at the Sochi Olympics, the World Cup season and 2015 World Championships at Gold Peak, Vail, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
Tina Maze, of Slovenia, waves in the finish area after finishing second in a alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Val D'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland earned her first World Cup victory by winning a women's downhill on Saturday that was marked by a number of big crashes and Lindsey Vonn skiing out and then clutching her injured right knee in pain. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Lindsey Vonn, of Vail, Colo., gets into the starting gate for the first speed training of the season at the U.S. Ski Team training center at Copper Mountain, Colo., on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn arrives at the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, June 3, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
Golfer Tiger Woods and skier Lindsey Vonn attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit celebrating "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" on Monday May 6, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Skier Lindsey Vonn smiles as she watches Tiger Woods during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
In this 2013 photo provided by Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, golfer Tiger Woods and skier Lindsey Vonn pose for a portrait. Two months after rumors began circulating in Europe, Woods and Vonn posted separate items on their Facebook pages Monday, March 18, 2013, to announce their relationship. (AP Photo/Courtesy Tiger Woods/Lindsey Vonn) MANDATORY CREDIT TO COURTESY TIGER WOODS/LINDSEY VONN
United States? Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course during the women's super-G course, at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, carries her skis during practice for the women's World Cup ski race in Aspen, Colo. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 21: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 21, 2013 in Val d'Isere, France. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn of the US (C) leaves with US golfer Tiger Woods (2nd-L) after competing in the women's downhill race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val d'Isere in the French Alps on December 21, 2013. Lindsey Vonn of the US failed to put together a winning run for onlooking boyfriend Tiger Woods as her unstable right knee gave way halfway down the course. Vonn insisted the incident would not have major ramifications, saying she would race a maximum of two more events before heading to Sochi to defend her Olympic downhill title in February. AFP PHOTO/FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
USA's Lindsey Vonn arrives to compete in the women's downhill race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val d'Isere in the French Alps on December 21, 2013. Vonn failed to put together a winning run for onlooking boyfriend Tiger Woods as her unstable right knee gave way halfway down the course. Vonn insisted the incident would not have major ramifications, saying she would race a maximum of two more events before heading to Sochi to defend her Olympic downhill title in February. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Lindsey Vonn appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) Skier Lindsay Vonn of the United States has withdrawn from participating in the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, citing an instability in her injured knee. DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 06: Olympic Skiier Lindsey Vonn follows the play of Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team during the weather-delayed Day Three Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 6, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 06: Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team is congratulated by Lindsey Vonn after Woods 1up victory over Richard Sterne of the International Team won the Cup for the U.S.Team during the Final Round Singles Matches of The Presidents Cup at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 6, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 25: Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 25, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
US Lindsey Vonn reacts in finish area at the women's World Cup Super G, on January 13, 2013 in St Anton am Arlberg, Austria. Slovenia's Tina Maze won ahead of Austria's Anna Fenninger and Switzerland's Fabienne Suter. AFP PHOTO / SAMUEL KUBANI (Photo credit should read SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images)
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