Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn is going to skip the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury and is expected to have surgery soon.
The 29-year-old won two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, including a gold in the downhill.
She is also a four-time overall World Cup champion and the biggest name in Alpine skiing.
Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee during a high-speed crash at the world championships last February, sidelining her for about 10 months.
She re-tore her surgically repaired ACL in a training crash in November and then sprained her MCL during a race in France last month.