Arguably the best current Olympic skier will not be competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to USA Today. This is unfortunate as Lindsey Vonn‘s 2013 road to Sochi was filled with more difficult moments than smooth days on the slopes. As a result, her Sochi comeback falls short as well.
As statement from Vonn’s publicist read the following, “an MRI showed an MCL sprain, which coupled with the torn ACL, has made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month.”
Back in February, Vonn tore her ACL and MCL but made a full recovery. In November, Vonn partially tore the same ACL and on December 21 sustained a sprained MCL. Her 2013 skiing season was injury-filled and caused sports fans to question if she would come back. Well, she tried, but ultimately she will not be able to compete in Sochi.
While missing Sochi, Vonn hopes to make a full recovery in time for future events in 2014 and 2015.
“Vonn will have surgery shortly and is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2014-15 World Cup season and the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek,” the statement said.
Without Vonn in Sochi, the face of not only Olympic skiing but also the United States will not be present. Because of her popularity, NBC’s Olympic advertisement have been filled with Vonn’s face and skiing moments. Additionally, arguably the best skier will be unable to defend her multiple gold medals, so the events should be competitive and could lead to first-time gold medalists.
All in all, this is bad news for not only Vonn but also the American skiing team. New faces will have to step up in this big void. With Vonn only being 29, it would not be surprising to see her make a full recovery in time for the 2018 Olympics in Russia.
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