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  • 7 January 2014, 17:28

Lindsey Vonn To Miss Sochi Winter Olympics

US Olympic skiing star Lindsey Vonn has been forced to drop out of the upcoming Winter Games due to a lingering right knee injury.

The 29-year-old announced her decision on Tuesday, exactly one month before the opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia.

In a post on her Facebook page, Vonn said she is "devastated" to miss the Olympics, "but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level".

Vonn said she will undergo surgery soon "so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail (Colorado) next February".

Vonn took home two medals from the 2010 Vancouver Games, including becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic gold in the downhill.

She is also a four-time overall World Cup champion, the most recognised name in Alpine skiing - and, as it happens, the girlfriend of golf's number one Tiger Woods.

Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee during a high-speed crash at the World Championships last February, sidelining her for about 10 months.

She then suffered a setback when she re-tore her surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligament in a training crash in November.

Vonn also sprained her medial collateral ligament during a race at Val d'Isere, France, last month.

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