Svindal and Ligety sidelined for the season
As the Hahnenkamm race week just started in Kitzbuehel, Aksel Lund Svindal and Ted Ligety have to announce that they are out for the rest of the season.
Last years’ Hahnenkamm downhill was marked by several severe crashes, including the season-ending crash from Aksel Lund Svindal, standings leader and winner of the super-g on the day before. The Norwegian superstar had a successful comeback at the beginning of this season, with three podiums (2nd in SG and 3rd in DH in Val d’Isère and 2nd in DH in Val Gardena), but the knee was still painful and they discovered a problem with his left meniscus. Svindal had surgery this morning and should be sidelined from the ski slopes for approximately six months.
The multiple World and Olympic Champion has experienced nerve pain in his left leg that prevented him of skiing at its best level since the beginning of the season. He finally decided to undergo surgery this week to try to fix the problem. Unfortunately, this means that the season is over for him, and he won’t be able to defend his World Champion title in St. Moritz but should be back in the Olympic season 2017/18.