Lindsey Vonn will not compete in 2014 Olympics

Skier Lindsey Vonn announced Tuesday that she will be unable to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The gold medalist took to Facebook early Tuesday morning, saying she was 'devastated' to be unable to compete in February due to a lingering knee injury.

Here is Vonn's full statement, via 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"


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