Skier Lindsey Vonn says surgery was successful, will miss Winter Olympics at Sochi

VAIL, Colo. - Colorado skier Lindsey Vonn tweeted Wednesday morning that her surgery was successful.

"Resting with loved ones and of course my cuddle buddy Leo," Vonn wrote on Facebook, where she shared a photo of her and her dog.

Vonn announced last week that she needed surgery and would miss 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 hopes to compete next February in the World Championships in Vail.

Vonn has a home in Vail.

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