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Injured Lindsey Vonn skipping Sochi Olympics

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, Lindsey Vonn of the United States, reacts in the finish area after completing the Women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Vonn is going to skip the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury. Her personal publicist, Lewis Kay, says in a statement Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, that Vonn "will have surgery shortly." The 29-year-old American won two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, including a gold in the downhill. She is also a four-time overall World Cup champion and the biggest name in Alpine skiing.  (Gero Breloer/AP Image)
FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, Lindsey Vonn of the United States, reacts in the finish area after completing the Women's downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. Vonn is going to skip the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury. Her personal publicist, Lewis Kay, says in a statement Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, that Vonn "will have surgery shortly." The 29-year-old American won two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, including a gold in the downhill. She is also a four-time overall World Cup champion and the biggest name in Alpine skiing. (Gero Breloer/AP Image)
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Updated: 1/07 9:50 am
VAIL, Colo. -- Lindsey Vonn is going to skip the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury.

Her personal publicist, Lewis Kay, says in a statement Tuesday that Vonn "will have surgery shortly."

The 29-year-old American won two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, including a gold in the downhill. She is also a four-time overall World Cup champion and the biggest name in Alpine skiing.

But 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 re-tore her surgically repaired ACL in a training crash in November, then sprained her MCL during a race at Val d'Isere, France, last month.
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