World down­hill cham­pion Stuhec out of Olympics

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Sport -

Down­hill world cham­pion Ilka Stuhec looks set to miss Fe­bru­ary’s Win­ter Olympics after tear­ing knee lig­a­ments in prac­tice, her agent re­vealed. The 26-year-old was on hot form last sea­son, win­ning the crys­tal globe in the down­hill World Cup and sil­ver in the Su­per-g at the world cham­pi­onships as well as her world ti­tle in the down­hill. “During to­day’s train­ing in Pitzal (Aus­tria), Ilka Stuhec fell and in­jured her left knee. Doc­tors at a nearby clinic said she broke the knee’s front lig­a­ments,” the agent said. “At best, it seems she will be forced to skip most of the World Cup sea­son, in­clud­ing the Win­ter Olympics.” Stuhec had been seen as the chief ri­val of Amer­i­can ace Mikaela Shiffrin at the Korea Olympics that will take place from Feb.9-28.

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