Denise Karbon undergoes right ankle surgery after crash in Lenzerheide
After brutally straddled a gate during the Giant Slalom race at the Finals in Lenzerheide, Italian Denise Karbon was immediately transported to the emergency room of the hospital in Chur. After detailed examinations, the doctors found that while there was no damage to the knee a fracture of her right ankle had occurred. The fracture had been surgically reduced in the hours after the crash. Karbon is expected to recover in approximately 3 months.
The latest injury comes as a last addition to a career tainted by many injuries: in '93 Karbon broke her left ACL and femur, in '98 she crashed and damaged the meniscus in her right knee while in 2001 it was the turn of the right ACL. The year after she had to undergo yet another knee surgery, in 2004 she broke the left tibial plateau and ACL on her left leg again and in 2007 a broken right fibula forced her to wear a cast for six weeks. Despite the long series of injured, in 2008 Karbon won the World Cup Giant Slalom title despite skiing with an injured thumb.