Denise Feierabend tears ACL

01 March 2012 19:00

The Swiss team is not having it easy this season. As the last of the many currently injured athletes Denise Feierabend crashed in slalom training this morning in Ofterschwang and sustained an ACL injury in her right knee along with an injury to the inner meniscus. The 22-year-old racer will be operated in Zürich Friday and will probably require six months of recovery time before returning to ski racing.

Feierabend is the best Swiss tech racer in the current standings, ranking 23rd in the slalom World Cup standings and was counting with good chances to be racing in the Finals in Schladming in 2.5 weeks time.

Feierabend is the ninth racer from the top levels of the Swiss ladies' teams that number a total of 15 athletes to miss the rest of the season. The other racers missing from the racing this season are Andrea Dettling, Dominique Gisin, Fabianne Suter, Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden, Pascale Berthod (who announced her retirement recently due to continuing health problems), Kathrin Fuhrer, Esther Good and Celina Hangl. They are expected to return to racing next season.

On the men's side, the injured athletes' list now features Marc Gisin who was operated on his ACL Thursday, Patrick Küng who also set for ACL operation this week and Sandro Viletta who is recovering from a concussion. Marc Gini and Justin Murisier are missing the rest of the season as are Mauro Caviezel, Ralf Kreuzer and Ami Oreiller due to ACL injuries.