'Devastated' Vonn unable to compete in Sochi


Tiger Woods likely won’t be heading to Russia next month.

Woods’ girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, announced Tuesday that she will be unable to compete in the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi because of a knee injury. She will undergo another surgery to repair an MCL sprain in her knee.

“I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi,” Vonn wrote on her Facebook page. “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!”

Vonn spent much of 2013 rehabbing from a crash in February in which she tore both the ACL and MCL in her right knee. She had recovered well enough to compete in an event this fall, but she crashed during a training run and sprained her MCL. 

In December, when asked whether he would travel to Sochi to watch Vonn compete, Woods said: “I think that’s just day-to-day. We just don’t know how her leg’s going to be. We’ll just take it day-to-day, race-to-race.”

This news likely means that Woods will be able to compete in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, which begins Feb. 19 in Arizona.