BY BRIAN TRUSDELL | JAN. 07, 2014, 4 P.M. (ET) via TeamUSA.org
Lindsey Vonn’s quest to defend her Olympic downhill skiing title ended Tuesday when she announced she would not compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games due to an injured right knee.
Vonn is the most successful skier in American history, having won 59 FIS World Cup races and 17 season titles, including four overall crowns. Her 59 victories are the third most in world cup history, behind only Switzerland’s Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria (62). In addition to the Olympic gold medal she won in the downhill in Vancouver, she is also a two-time world champion and has three world championship silver medals and an Olympic bronze medal (super-G).
One of only six women to win a world cup race in all five alpine disciplines, Vonn led the world cup downhill standings when she crashed during the super-G in the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria. She severely injured her knee in the crash but vowed to return in time for Sochi.
Although Vonn will not be joining Team USA in Sochi, Vonn is expected to undergo surgery soon and possibly return to the slopes in time for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships set for next February in Vail and Beaver Creek in Colorado.
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