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Alpine Skiing: Ski queen Vonn has "successful" surgery

Ski champion Lindsey Vonn underwent successful knee surgery, an injury that forced her to pull out of the Olympics just weeks before the US team was set to leave for Sochi. Vonn's spokesperson Lewis Kay said the surgery was performed on Tuesday by doctor Jim Andrews and that she hoped to be back competing in February of 2015. "Lindsey Vonn underwent successful ACL reconstruction surgery yesterday," Kay said. "(Doctors) expect her to make a full recovery in time for next year's World Championships in Vail, Colorado."

Vonn undergoes successful knee surgery

(Reuters) - Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has undergone successful surgery to repair the injured right knee that cost her a chance of defending the title she won in Vancouver four years ago, the American announced on Wednesday. Vonn, who has battled knee ailments over the past year, was forced to withdraw from next month's Sochi Games in Russia to have the operation, although she is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2014-15 World Cup season.

Devastated Vonn out of Sochi Games with injury

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, one of the biggest attractions in winter sport, will miss next month's Sochi Games because she requires surgery on her injured knee. The 29-year-old American broke the news on her Facebook page on Tuesday. "I am devastated to announce I will not be able to compete in Sochi," said Vonn, the girlfriend of world number one golfer Tiger Woods.

Vonn absence leaves gaping hole in Sochi schedule

By Alan Baldwin (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn's withdrawal from next month's Winter Olympics has deprived the Sochi Games of arguably the most famous face in the blue riband event of Alpine skiing. The sport's celebrities do not come much bigger than Vonn, the Olympic downhill champion and shining star of commercials across the United States who just happens to be dating world number one golfer Tiger Woods.

Alpine Skiing: Downhill queen Vonn to miss Sochi Winter Olympics

American ski champion Lindsey Vonn is to miss next month's Sochi Winter Olympics due to a right knee injury she sustained nearly a year ago, she announced on Tuesday. "I am devastated to announce that I will not be competing in Sochi," Vonn said on her Facebook page. "I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.

Alpine Skiing: Downhill queen Vonn to miss Sochi Winter Olympics

American ski champion Lindsey Vonn is to miss next month's Sochi Winter Olympics due to a right knee injury she sustained nearly a year ago, she announced on Tuesday. "I am devastated to announce that I will not be competing in Sochi," Vonn said on her Facebook page. "I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.

Shiffrin back to winning ways, Vonn doubts grow

By Patrick Lang BORMIO, Italy (Reuters) - Mikaela Shiffrin recovered to winning ways in Bormio on Sunday to boost the American women's team as doubts over Lindsey Vonn's fitness for the Sochi Olympics intensified. The slalom world champion beat in-form Swede Maria Pietilae-Holmner and France's Nastasja Noens to emerge as the U.S. women's team's best chance of a gold medal in Russia next month.

Alpine skiing: Skiing currently not on Vonn's agenda - coach

Five weeks away from potentially defending her Olympic downhill crown, American speed queen Lindsey Vonn is not even contemplating a return to the piste with her troubled knee, according to her coach. "For the moment, there's no question of thinking about skiing," US women's team head coach Alexander Hoedlmoser told the Austrian APA news agency. Vonn, 29, sustained a serious injury to her right knee in a horrific crash in last February's World Ski Championships in Schladming.

Alpine skiing: Skiing currently not on Vonn's agenda - coach

Five weeks away from potentially defending her Olympic downhill crown, American speed queen Lindsey Vonn is not even contemplating a return to the piste with her troubled knee, according to her coach. "For the moment, there's no question of thinking about skiing," US women's team head coach Alexander Hoedlmoser told the Austrian APA news agency. Vonn, 29, sustained a serious injury to her right knee in a horrific crash in last February's World Ski Championships in Schladming.

Alpine skiing-Knee lets Vonn down again

By Manuele Lang VAL D'ISERE, France (Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn's injured knee let her down once again on Saturday, raising doubts about whether the downhill Olympic champion would be in a position to defend her title at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The American four-times World Cup champion, watched for the first time in a World Cup race by boyfriend Tiger Woods, missed a gate in the middle section of French resort Val d'Isere's OK piste and later said her knee was to blame.
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