It’s official, Lindsey Vonn will not compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Lindsey will undergo her second knee surgery this season and she doesn’t forecast skiing on the World Cup until February 2015. That means that she will have been injured and out of the World Cup racing scene for 2 years before she comes back.
I don’t picture Lindsey dominating fully next year on the World Cup. She’ll be smarter, take it easy, and get back to her full potential. In 2016, it’ll be a different story. If Lindsey can stay healthy, watch our for her in 2016.
People forget that it’s not always just an elite athlete’s body, it’s her mind. Lindsey clearly has a mindset and lifestyle that leave no room for anything but excellence. I expect to see that side of Lindsey shine again, even if her knee is never 100% again.
“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