Lindsey Vonn's Sochi Scratch Puts NBC, Sponsors in a Bind

Vonn competing on Dec. 8 in Lake Louise, Canada Photograph by Alain Grosclaude/Getty Images

Lindsey Vonn, one of the few American household names in winter sports, will spend the Sochi Olympics rehabbing in a gym, rather than charging down Russian slopes. The 29-year-old skier, who returned to racing only recently after injuring her knee almost a year ago, announced on her website this morning that the joint is still “too unstable” to go up against the world’s best. “I am devastated,” she wrote. “On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold.”

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