Lindsey Vonn: Day after bowing out of Olympics, ace skier adopts homeless dog

Published On: Jan 08 2014 10:46:55 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 08 2014 11:32:28 AM HST

As news of Lindsey Vonn's decision to skip the Winter Olympics rocked the sports world, the champion skier drove to a Jupiter animal shelter and finalized her adoption of a mixed-breed homeless dog.

Vonn showed up alone to finish paperwork and get a veterinarian check on Leo, the brindle boxer mix she and boyfriend Tiger Woods first saw the day before Christmas Eve.

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Initially, Woods wanted a different pit-bull mix, shelter workers said, but Vonn came back the next day and said "I won!" and took Leo home.

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," Vinosky 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."

According to employees at Furry Friends, Vonn said she and Woods had adjoining homes in the exclusive Seminole Landing community, and already had two other dogs that they expected Leo to get along with well.

"I just want him to be safe," Vonn said as she left the clinic.


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