Lindsey Vonn pulls out of World Cup race at Beaver Creek as she recuperates from her knee injury

Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from next week's Women's World Cup race at Beaver Creek while she recuperates from a knee injury, her publicist said Friday.

"While her rehab is progressing, she is not at a point where she will be able to ski next week and is unfortunately withdrawing from the race at Beaver Creek .  She will continue to do therapy with an eye at racing in Lake Louise," said Vonn's spokesman Lewis Kay.

The Ladies' World Cup downhill races in Lake Louise, Canada are scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7.

Vonn reinjured her right knee when she crashed on a training run at Copper Mountain on Tuesday. 

"Lindsey is recovering very quickly from abrasions to her face and contusions to her shoulder blade.  Beyond that, she has a stable knee with an MRI finding of a partial tear of her ACL graft.  With therapy, she is progressing well while not losing any of the strength she worked so hard to achieve," said Dr. William Sterett, who surgically repaired Vonn's right knee earlier this year.

Vonn shredded her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligaments in a crash at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, in February. She started snow training again in Chile at the start of September.

The defending Olympic downhill champion has said she hopes to compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February.

Vonn is extremely appreciative of the outpouring of support and good wishes, her publicist said.
 

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