U.S. Women's National Soccer Team player Leslie Osborne missed the Olympic tournament 2008 in Beijing because three months before she tore the anterior crucial ligament in her left knee during a training. A week after the accident she had knee surgery and a month later a reconstructive surgery of her left ankle followed to take care of some lingering issues. The period of rehabilitation takes about 8 to 10 months.
"I'm obviously extremely disappointed that I won't be playing in this Olympics, but I am most disappointed about not being able to be with my team," said Osborne. "It has been an awesome experience this year and I know they can get it done in China. I will be their biggest fan."
Without Leslie the U.S. team got the gold medal in Beijing. In the final match they beat Brasil 1:0 in extra time.
Source: Woman's Professionel Soccer