Célina Hangl injures knee
Célina Hangl crashed in the Swiss time trials for the season opening in Sölden that were held in Saas-Fee on Friday, with severe results. 22-year-old Hangl, member of the Swiss tech team, injured her right knee after catching air and twisting her knee badly.
The MRI examination in University Clinic Balgrist showed that the right ACL is torn. Although Hangl sustained no other injuries she will fall out the entire season. She is expected to be able to return to skiing in early next year at the earliest.
This is not the first severe injury for Célina Hangl who already injured her shinbone in New Zealand in the summer of 2008 and required a long time to recover. After posting three top 30 results in the 2007/08 season, she scored her first World Cup points again in Arber-Zwiesel last February where she finished 17th in the slalom. Hangl was in good form this summer and looking positively into the future.
"It might sound strange but because I have already been severely injured in the past I might be better positioned to deal with it again," commented Hangl shortly after the diagnosis. "There is no question about the continuation of my career - I want to continue to ski race. A retirement is not an option."