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World GS champion Tessa Worley to miss rest of season with knee injury

Posted: 12/17/2013 11:32 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 12/17/2013 11:43 AM

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COURCHEVEL, France - Another French Alpine skiing world champion has been ruled out of the Sochi Olympics with a knee injury after Tessa Worley crashed during a World Cup slalom race on Tuesday.

The giant slalom world champion slipped during her first run in the morning, landing on her back and then twisting forward before getting her leg caught in the protective material on the side of the slope. The International Ski Federation said she had torn her right anterior cruciate ligament and has been "ruled out for the entire season."

In September, downhill world champion Marion Rolland ruptured a knee ligament in a training crash and needed surgery, also ruling her out of the Sochi Games.

The 24-year-old Worley won a giant slalom race in St. Moritz on Sunday.

Worley lay still for a few moments before getting slowly back up. She was taken down the slope on a stretcher and to a hospital in Lyon for tests.

Anthony Sechaud, coach of the French women, said the injury likely occurred when Worley got her leg tangled up in a banner that was draped over the protective netting.

"It's a bad spell for us," Sechaud said.

Former world slalom champion Marlies Schild, who won Tuesday's race, has had several knee operations during her career.

"I feel bad for her. She was in really good shape," Schild said. "I know what it's like to have so many injuries."

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