Lindsey Vonn announces she will sit out Sochi
PARK CITY, United States – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (USA) announced Tuesday that she will not participate in the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
Vonn, who had staged a comeback in December with an impressive fifth place finish in the opening Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G in Lake Louise, felt that a subsequent racing injury in Val d’Isere, France from Dec. 21 made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month. Vonn will undergo surgery shortly so that she has sufficient time for recovery with a focus on the February, 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at her home in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO, as well as the World Cup season.
- Vonn sustained a season-ending injury to her right knee on Feb. 5, 2013 during a crash in the opening race of the World Championships in Schladming, Austria.
- Vonn staged a comeback on Aug. 31 during a U.S. Ski Team training camp in Portillo, Chile.
- She re-aggravated the same knee during a downhill training crash on Nov. 19 at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, causing her to miss the debut of the 2015 World Championships women’s venue at Beaver Creek.
- She then returned to the World Cup tour Dec. 6-8 with a successful three-race series in Lake Louise, Alberta including an impressive fifth the super G.
- A subsequent racing injury suffered Dec. 21 during a World Cup downhill in Val d’Isere, made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready in time for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.
- Vonn will undergo surgery shortly and will turn her focus on the 2015 World Cup season that includes the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Feb. 2-15 in her hometown of Vail/Beaver Creek, CO.
- Vonn is the most successful female alpine skier in American history with 17 World Cup titles including a record six consecutive downhill titles and four overall crowns.
- Vonn holds 59 World Cup victories, currently three short of tying the women’s all-time record of 62 held by Austrian Annemarie Moser Proell.