Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia will miss the world championships in February after breaking a bone in her proper knee on Sunday.
The Italian ski federation mentioned Goggia fell whereas snowboarding right down to the valley with different rivals after a World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, was postponed till Monday due to fog.
FISI mentioned examinations at La Madonnina clinic in Milan on Sunday night revealed that Goggia suffered “a compound fracture of the lateral tibial plateau of the right knee.”
It was not instantly clear how lengthy Goggia can be out.
Goggia was a robust favorite for the Feb. 13 downhill on the worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. She has been the dominating drive in downhill this season, successful the final 4 races within the self-discipline.
She completed fourth in a super-G on the Kandahar course Saturday, trailing winner Lara Gut-Behrami by one second.
Sunday’s accident got here a 12 months after Goggia fractured her left arm in a season-ending super-G crash on the similar venue in southern Germany.
Spectacular however dangerous race fashion
The 28-year-old Italian skier, recognized for her spectacular and typically dangerous race fashion, is not any stranger to extreme knee accidents.
As a teen, she tore ligaments in each knees in two crashes in 2010. Two years later, nonetheless as a 19-year-old prospect, she needed to sit out the 2012 junior worlds in Roccaraso after a large slalom crash the week earlier than.
Every week after incomes her first World Cup factors, in November 2013, Goggia tore ligaments in her left knee in a downhill crash at Lake Louise and missed the Sochi Olympics.
She returned the next season however minimize her marketing campaign quick once more with knee issues in January 2015.
Goggia missed the primary three months of the 2018-19 season after breaking an ankle within the low season, however later that season gained super-G silver on the worlds in Sweden, overwhelmed to the title by Mikaela Shiffrin.
In the present season, Goggia has been heading in the right direction to win her second World Cup downhill title. She had edged Lindsey Vonn by three factors within the ultimate self-discipline standings of 2017-18.
With three races left, Goggia is 195 factors forward of American racer Breezy Johnson and 210 forward of final 12 months’s winner, Corinne Suter of Switzerland.
The worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo open with the ladies’s Alpine mixed occasion on Feb. 8.