Lindsey Vonn Exits Winter Olympics Due to Knee Injury (Video)

Lindsey Vonn Exits Winter Olympics Due to Knee Injury (Video)

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Vonn's knee is “too unstable” to compete at Olympic level, skiing star says

Gold medal-winning Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has wthdrawn from the upcoming winter games in Sochi, Russia, due to continuing difficulties with her knee following a crash last year.

Vonn said in a statement aired on NBC's “Today” that her knee is still “too unstable” to compete in the Olympics.

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“I did everything I possibly could to somehow be 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,” Vonn said.

The skier has suffered a number of physical setbacks in the past year. In February, Vonn experienced a crash that left her with a fractured tibia, along with a torn anterior cruciate ligament( ACL)  and  medial collateral ligament (MCL). Though she managed to begin training again well ahead of schedule, Vonn encountered another setback during training in November when she fell again, causing a partial tear to the same ACL. Later, in competition, her knee gave out.

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The winter Olympics in Sochi kick off next month, with NBC broadcasting the games.

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