Ploner, Kreuzer injured in South America

31 August 2011 21:17

The 33-year-old giant slalom specialist Alex Ploner injured his knee while training in Ushuaia (ARG). A suspected meniscus injury with sharp pain forced him to return back to Italy from Ushuaia as soon as possible. He will undergo further medical checks once back in Italy to determine in detail the extent of his injury, and decide on appropriate treatment. He will need to pause for a few weeks.

Ploner sustained the injury while skiing on a particularly hard piste where, even without losing his balance or falling, he incurred a sharp pain following a misstep. Together with the coaching staff, a rapid return back to Italy was decided as the best measure.

The Swiss racer Ralf Kreuzer too has sustained a knee injury while on a training camp in South America. The 28-year-old speed specialist fell while free skiing Tuesday afternoon in Las Leñas (ARG). According to the first assessment by team doctor Hartmut Hüttemann on site in Las Leñas the left knee has sustained a complex injury which requires further analysis. Kreuzer is returning back to Switzerland as soon as possible for further medical checks and treatment.