Lindsey Vonn needs surgery, will not compete in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

DENVER - Colorado skier Lindsey Vonn will not compete in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

"I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn said on her Facebook page. "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 had her right knee surgically repaired earlier this year after she shredded her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligaments in a crash at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, in February.

Vonn started snow training again in Chile at the start of September.

She was working out in Colorado when she wiped out during a training run on Nov. 19. In that crash, she suffered a partial tear to her right ACL, a mild strain to her right knee, minor facial abrasions and scapular contusions, according to her spokesman Lewis Kay.

"[The injuries have] made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month," Kay said.

Vonn said she is having surgery soon. She hopes to compete next February in the World Championships in Vail.

"On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold," Vonn said. 

Vonn has a home in Vail.

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