Stephanie Venier out for the season
The second downhill training in Bad Kleinkirchheim on Friday went almost according to plan for the Austrian Stephanie Venier. The 21-year-old was among the fastest in the upper section of the course but felt a severe pain in the left knee after crossing the finish line. She actually injured her knee on a terrain which the bad visibility didn't allow to see.
Venier underwent an MRI at the hospital of Klagenfurt after the training and further medical examination on Saturday morning by the Austrian team doctor Christian Fink in Innsbruck.
Fink diagnosed some articular cartilage damage, which required surgery in the afternoon. Stephanie Venier may now only partially load her left knee for the next six weeks, during wich some new caritlage tissue will be rebuilt. Skiing might only be possible in four months at the earliest.
We wish Stephanie all the best in her recovery and hope to see her back stronger next season.