Lindsey Vonn Will Miss Sochi Olympics

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM EDT

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Lindsey Vonn Will Miss Sochi Olympics

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM EDT

Lindsey Vonn won’t defend her Olympic downhill skiing gold medal in Sochi, Russia, after deciding to undergo surgery on the knee she injured in November.

One of the best known winter sports athletes in the world, with a celebrity enhanced by a yearlong relationship with the golfer Tiger Woods, Vonn said through her publicist that she would have surgery soon to repair the knee damage, sidelining her for the rest of the ski racing season.

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