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Lindsey Vonn announces on Facebook she will not compete in Sochi Games due to injury

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On Tuesday morning, the announcement finally came. Despite her best efforts rehabbing from a devastating knee injury suffered last February during a race in Austria and the surgery that followed shortly thereafter, a subsequent injury to the same knee in November has prompted Lindsey Vonn to finally bow out of the 2014 Winter Olympics, set to begin next month in Sochi, Russia.

Vonn, 29, announced on her Facebook page that she is “devastated” by being unable to compete in her sport’s biggest showcase event, but pledges she will be cheering for the USA and her teammates.

Vonn, who will be unable to defend her gold medal-winning performance from Vancouver in 2010, posted the following message on Facebook:

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. 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!
XO Lindsey

Tough break. But on the bright side, this just means that Vonn will have more time to spend with her now-longtime beau, Tiger Woods. It was her injury in Austria last year that appeared to spur on — or at least made the public aware of — the couple’s romance after it was reported that Woods dispatched his private jet to Europe so Vonn could return back to the States.

And fortunately for Woods, this development puts the kibosh on him having to travel to Russia to support his gal, as there were rumors that Vonn was “furious” with Tiger over his reluctance to commit to attending the Olympics to support her bid for gold medal glory, even though she frequently has appeared at tournaments to support him.

Everything’s coming up Tiger! Not so much for Lindsey, though. Vonn’s competitive drive will only be that much stronger after recovering from yet another surgery. No one should count her out of making an amazing comeback in the next Olympics.