Many Olympic athletes are choosing not to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia in protest of the country's archaic homophobic anti-gay laws.
However, skiier Lindsey Vonn doesn't have any choice at all!
After some speculation about whether or not she'd make the 2014 Winter Olympics due to a knee injury, the 29-year-old took to her Facebook earlier today to announce that she's withdrawing from the competition.
In a heartfelt message, she wrote:
I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi. 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. I'm having surgery soon so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February. On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold. Thank you all so much for all of the love and support. I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA!
At least she's finding a positive outlook in this! What a true athlete!
[Image via WENN.]
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