World champion downhiller Ilka Stuhec to miss Olympics after ACL tear
October 23, 2017
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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