German ladies team with influx of injuries
After losing Susanne Riesch for the season due to knee injury, the German ladies' team has sustained another loss with Gina Stechert who too will miss six months of skiing racing and training. 23-year-old Stechert was operated on her left knee today Wednesday in Munich after she injured herself in super-G training in Nevados de Chillan (CHI) on Saturday.
Stechert suffered a tear in her left ACL and meniscus as well as a fracture on the top of her shinbone. Operating Dr. Hermann Mayr commented: "Gina Stechert will need to stay in the hospital for a few days before she can begin with the first rehab exercises. Given a good recovery process, she can expect to return to snow in approximately six months."
"I felt a hit on the ski while skiing and noticed immediately that the knee became instable," described Gina Stechert. "It is really too bad that this serious injury had to happen on my last training run. I was feeling really good in the last days and noticed clear improvements."
For Stechert this is the third serious injury in her career. In 2005 at the Junior World Ski Championships in Bardonecchia and again in March 2009 she tore her right ACL. She has collected one World Cup victory so far, in 2009 in Tarvisio.
Last week Isabelle Stiepel, the 21-year-old racer from Mittenwald, also hurt her knee while training in Saas Fee. She will miss six weeks following an operation on 23rd September. However Stiepel is expected to be back and hopefully begin her racing season in Lake Louise (CAN) in early December.
Bad news also for Kathrin Hölzl, the 2009 world champion in giant slalom. She has yet to begin on-snow training and is currently focused on strength and endurance training. She is expected to miss season start in Sölden in 3.5 weeks.