One day after bowing out of the 2014 Winter Games due to a knee injury, Lindsey Vonn hit a local animal shelter for a comforting dose of puppy love. The United States skiing star announced on both Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday that she had adopted a nine-month-old mixed breed named Leo from a shelter in Jupiter, Fla.
According to a local television station, Vonn and boyfriend TIger Woods had visited the shelter around Christmas and Woods was interested in a different dog. But Vonn took to Leo because he had also suffered a knee injury. She later returned to the shelter saying she had "won" the doggie debate with Tiger.
Asked by WPBF 25 News why she chose that particular dog, Vonn replied "He has a bad knee, just like me."
Vonn spent a half hour with veterinarian Dr. Todd Vinoski, of Furry Friends Adoption And Clinic, who said Leo broke his leg, was given up by his owner, and has already had one surgery. "She is going to take him to another orthopedic surgeon and see what can be done further for him," Vinoski said.
Vonn declined a formal interview and hurried Leo into the back seat of her waiting Porsche. When asked by WPBF how she feels about bowing out of the Sochi games, Vonn said, "I'm pretty bummed out."
Vonn still hasn't announced what her plans for Sochi are (whether she'll be doing television work, staying home, etc.) but it looks like she has a busy time ahead of her. After all, Leo will have to get through his rehab and get up to speed with the other two dogs that Vonn and Woods reportedly own.
And if he learns how to retrieve golf balls from around the putting green? Well, then all the better.
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