ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) - The head coach of the U.S. women's ski team has praised Lindsey Vonn for taking "a very hard decision" and skipping the Sochi Olympics in February because of her injured right knee. Alex Hoedlmoser tells The Associated Press "there was too much risk and she realized that and made the right decision."
Vonn announced Tuesday she would miss the Olympics as "my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level." The 2010 Olympic downhill champion tore one of her surgically repaired ligaments in November. She still competed in three races in Lake Louise early December before hurting her knee again in a downhill in Val d'Isere two weeks later. Hoedlmoser says "if she'd continued on now and got injured, it could have been the end of it all."