By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
Recently, Winter Games superstar and alpine ski racer, 29-year-old Lindsey Vonn, announced she’s pulling out of the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia because of her injured right knee. Now, she successfully underwent surgery on the knee, and posted a photo cuddling with her dog Leo on her Facebook page this Wednesday saying, “Resting with loved ones and of course my cuddle buddy Leo. So thankful to have such great people helping me. Will update more later. Xo Lindsey.”
While it’s normal to be injured as an Olympian, hurting the same body part multiple times can wear it down and make recovery more difficult.
Last February, Vonn had torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL), which are tough tissues that support the knees. In November, Vonn partially tore the same ACL, and then on December 21, she reinjured her right knee with an MCL sprain and torn ACL. She should make a full recovery by the 2014-15 World Cup season, but will unfortunately not make it to Sochi.
Vonn’s absence at the Winter Games this year will definitely be felt, and not just because of her beautiful smile and All-American blonde looks. Vonn is considered the most successful alpine skier in American history, because she’s won four World Cup championships (one of only two female skiers to do so), won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics (the first time an American woman had ever done so), and is one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five types of alpine skiing – downhill, super G, giant slalom, and super combined. In fact, she’s actually won 59 World Cup races in her career.
Vonn will be missed by the United States Ski Team and her adoring fans!
Images courtesy of Lindsey Vonn Facebook.