BOWLING GREEN — Bowling Green State University hockey player Ralfs Freibergs was named to the Latvian Olympic hockey team.
The Latvian team will face Switzerland in a Group C preliminary game in the 2014 Olympics hosted by Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 12.
Freibergs is a 5-foot-11, 191-pound sophomore who ranks among the top-scoring defensemen in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Freibergs has one goal and 15 assists in 24 games; he ranks second in the WCHA in assists and leads all WCHA defensemen with 16 points.
Less than two weeks after reconstructive right knee surgery in February, 2013, Lindsey Vonn already was sounding a positive note, saying she was "really looking forward to Sochi" and defending her Olympic downhill gold medal.
Along the way to the next Winter Games, though, Vonn began facing more setbacks. As she'd move past one, another would surface. In the end, it was too much, even for Vonn, the most accomplished U.S. ski racer in history. Expected to be one of the biggest stars at the upcoming Games, Vonn announced Tuesday she won't be able to race in Russia.
In a Facebook posting, Vonn said she is "devastated" to miss the Olympics, "but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level."
She has had several knee injuries and is to have another surgery soon.