Injured Vonn Says She Will Miss Sochi Games

Overall leader of Alpine Skiing World Cup, Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. takes off her mask at the finish area of the Rosa Khutor Alpine skiing, in Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi on Feb. 19, 2012. /Reuters Overall leader of Alpine Skiing World Cup, Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. takes off her mask at the finish area of the Rosa Khutor Alpine skiing, in Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi on Feb. 19, 2012. /Reuters

Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn will miss next month's Sochi Games after failing to recover from a knee injury, the American said on Tuesday.

Vonn, the standout name in women's Alpine skiing and who would have been one of the highest-profile athletes in Sochi, announced the news on her Facebook page.

"I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn, girlfriend of golfer Tiger Woods, said.

"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."

VOA New / Jan. 08, 2014 08:18 KST