Kostelic to skip Bormio
Croatian racer Ivica Kostelić has announced that he had an MRI performed on his knee by Dr. Igor Borić at Zabok’s Sv. Katarina Hospital on Wednesday 19th December. The exam showed that there are no new knee injuries, only a slight swelling of the cartilage and the meniscus, most likely the consequence of hard work and strains over the past few races and training sessions. Consequently, Ivica has been advised to rest for a few days and take the strain off his knee.
The Croatian Ski Association says that Ivica will take a break from competing; as planned, he will skip the downhill race in Bormio (ITA) and use the next few days, including Christmas holidays, to rest, take the strain of the knee and train atop Sljeme. Kostelic plans to rest and prepare for the Sljeme race as well as the very important competitions in January, which features a tight schedule with the first race, a parallel slalom, already on 1st January in Munich (GER).
The 2011 overall World Cup champion, Kostelic is currently ranked 13th in this season's overall standings. His best result so far is the 8th place at the slalom in Levi (FIN) followed by a 10th place slalom finish in Madonna di Campiglio (ITA) this week.