Stefan Luitz sidelined by a knee injury
Germany’s Stefan Luitz tore the ACL in his left knee during the giant slalom in Alta Badia. Wolfgang Maier, director of the German Alpine Team, explains that Luitz didn’t crash, but had to stop his run because of an acute pain in his knee. After this incident, he was brought to Innsbruck for an MRI, where the rupture of the ligament was confirmed. It’s still unclear where and when he will undergo surgery.
Third in the giant slalom in Beaver Creek and second in Val d’Isère, the skier from Allgäu had a fantastic start of the season, skiing at his best level. Before today’s race, Luitz was ranked second of the giant slalom season standings.
As his teammate Felix Neureuther, Luitz won’t be able to participate in the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in February 2018.