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New Castle ski racer Alice McKennis hurts leg, out for summer training

New Castle's Alice McKennis foreruns the course during the 2017 World Cup Finals in Aspen.
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New Castle ski racer Alice McKennis out for the summer with leg injury

New Castle ski racer Alice McKennis recently announced on social media that she was injured while coaching at a training camp with the U.S. Ski Team at Mammoth Mountain and will be out the remainder of summer training.

According to her Instagram post, the two-time Olympian fractured her left tibia and fibula last week while slipping a course.

“I am feeling better and stronger each day! Surgery went well and if things go well I hope to be back on snow in the fall,” McKennis wrote. “Luckily for me this is the least complex of all my injuries although perhaps the most terrifying to see at the time.”

McKennis is no stranger to gnarly injuries. She missed the 2014 Olympic cycle after shattering her right knee into roughly 30 pieces that needed 11 screws and a metal plate to piece back together.

McKennis, who once trained with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, was among the surprises in February when she finished fifth in the women’s downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She finished the season with a rare podium, taking third in the final downhill of the season in Are, Sweden.

Swiss skier Lara Gut’s brother switches teams to Liechtenstein

GENEVA (AP) — The younger brother of alpine skier Lara Gut is leaving the Switzerland team to race for neighboring Liechtenstein.

The Swiss ski federation says Ian Gut wants to find new impetus in his career after several seasons in the lower ranks of the national team.

The 23-year-old Gut represented Switzerland at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics but never raced on the World Cup circuit. He already has a passport from Liechtenstein, a principality of about 37,000 people.

Liechtenstein sent two Alpine skiers to this year’s Pyeongchang Olympics. Tina Weirather won a bronze medal in super-G, edging Lara Gut off the podium by 0.01 seconds.

Its best men’s skier, Marco Pfiffner, entered four Olympic races and had a best finish of 25th in slalom.

acolbert@aspentimes.com


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