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

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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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)
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)
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 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)
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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