Bum-Knee Buddies: Pro Skier Lindsey Vonn Adopts a Dog
By Kimberley Coughlin
January 9, 2014

Yesterday, professional skier Lindsey Vonn made a major announcement on her Facebook page: she will not be attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to a knee injury. Vonn tore her ACL and her MCL, and sustained a tibial fracture when she crashed in the Super-G at the World Championships in February 2013. Despite making every effort to recover in time, she was unable to get back the strength necessary to compete. Vonn also said that she is scheduled for surgery “soon” and hopes to be ready to compete in time for the World Championships in Vail, Colo., next February.

In the meantime Vonn has found an excellent therapy partner—a nine-month-old shelter dog she adopted earlier this week in Jupiter, Fla., who also sustained a major injury. The dog’s name is Leo and he is a brindle boxer mix. As per Vonn’s Facebook page:

“He has a bad knee from being hit by a car when he was a puppy and no one wanted him...but I do!! I encourage anyone looking for an animal to adopt from a shelter and save a life! #bumkneebuddies”

Leo won’t have Vonn all to himself though—Vonn and boyfriend Tiger Woods already have two other dogs at home. Judging by the picture Vonn tweeted of her new pet on Wednesday, it looks like Leo is enjoying his new home just fine.