Injured Lindsey Vonn skipping Sochi Olympics

Injured Lindsey Vonn skipping Sochi Olympics

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VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 21: (FRANCE OUT) Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn of USA during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on December 21, 2013 in Val d'Isere, France. (Photo by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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.

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