World champion downhiller Ilka Stuhec to miss Olympics after ACL tear |

World champion downhiller Ilka Stuhec to miss Olympics after ACL tear

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec kisses a trophy after a run at the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Aspen. in March 2017 Stuhec received the crystal globe trophy after winning the world cup women's overall downhill title.
Associated Press file photo

TYROL, Austria (AP) — World champion skier Ilka Stuhec is almost certainly out of next year’s Winter Olympics after seriously injuring her knee in a training incident.

The 26-year-old Stuhec tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during a crash while training on the glacier in Pitztal, Austria on Sunday.

The Slovenian will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

Stuhec posted a photo on Twitter after the crash along with the words “unfortunately this was one of my last starts for a few months. Sad and angry at the moment, but motivated to get back.”

The recovery time from an ACL tear is normally around six months. The Olympics run from Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang.

As well as winning the world championship in downhill this year, Stuhec also clinched the World Cup downhill and Alpine combined titles as well as finishing runner-up in the overall and super-G standings.


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