Lindsey Vonn's Withdrawal From Sochi Olympics Is Painful Cap to a Tough Year

Jill Baughman Say What!?

lindsey vonnEvery time a commercial for the upcoming Olympics comes on, it's quite easy to get excited. From February 7 to 23, folks around the world will be glued to their TV screens, slack-jawed while witnessing incredible physical feats in skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hockey, yes, even curling. But one of the most recognizable female skiing champions will sadly not be participating this year: Lindsey Vonn is out of the Sochi Olympics due to a lingering knee injury.

She is the reigning Olympic and World Cup downhill skiing champion, but according to a post on her official Facebook page, she wrote, "I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi."

Though she's made headlines most recently due to her personal life -- dating Tiger Woods -- you've got to admit that it's going to be tough not seeing her compete for the good ol' US of A in the Olympics this year.

Quite a few people questioned her judgment over her personal life (since it is so our business) (well, they are celebrities, so ...) when she came out as dating Woods, even though he famously got caught cheating on gorgeous wife Elin Nordegren with a whole bunch of trashy porn stars. Of course we were far more interested in that than her athletic ability during the last year or so, but now that the Olympics is officially gearing up, hearing that she is pulling out is rather disappointing. It would have been fun to watch what she can do.

She obviously is "devastated," as this is an amazing opportunity to have to sit on the sidelines for. Her statement, which she revealed on Today, also said: "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."

She hurt her right knee 11 months ago at the world championships, underwent surgery, but crashed again while she was training in November. Last month, she had to pull out of a World Cup event in Val d'Isere, France.

Lindsey, no matter her personal life, serves as a strong, inspirational sports role model for young girls and women across the country. Come on, the woman has won four World Cup championships and is arguably the most successful skier in American history! As one of the most easily recognizable faces to hype up the upcoming Olympics, she'll now have to step aside so another one of her teammates can take the spotlight. Not being able to compete must be one of the most frustrating things in the entire world for athletes, but this won't be the last we see of Lindsey.

Are you disappointed not to watch Lindsey compete at the Sochi Olympics?

 

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