Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is arguably the most famous face in her sport, and would have been the most famous face at the Sochi Olympics in Russia as well. Unfortunately, we won’t get the chance to postulate on her fame in the Olympics. Today she announced she would not be competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics because of ongoing problems with a torn ACL and sprained MCL suffered in December of last year.
"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.
"In looking ahead, I have every ounce of confidence that Lindsey will be in the starting gate next World Cup season ready to compete," said Bill Marolt, president of the U.S. Skiing and Snowboard Association.
"She knows the hard work it takes to get to the top and still has significant goals to achieve in what has been an incredible career."
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.