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Vonn to miss Sochi Games

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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.

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(FILE PHOTO) Skier Lindsay Vonn of the United States has withdrawn from participating in the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, citing an instability in her injured knee. ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 09: (FRANCE OUT) Lindsey Vonn of the USA competes during the inspection of the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on December 09, 2012 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

“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.” – Reuters

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