Season over for Hunziker

16 December 2013 08:57
Cyrill Hunziker finished 18th at the World Cup Opener at Cardrona, New Zealand
Cyrill Hunziker finished 18th at the World Cup Opener at Cardrona, New Zealand -
Oliver Kraus

It's a season end before the 2014 winter really began: a knee injury suffered in a training session end of October has turned out to be more affecting than expected from Cyrill Hunziker who is thus forced to stop skiing.

The Swiss A squad athlete had ruptured his right ACL and also tore his outer meniscus after misjudged the run-in to a cannon rail thus bailing hard in the landing.

It's the second ACL injury for the 21-year-old from Brienzwiler who was already the unlucky man in the autumn preps for the new season two years ago.

“Back then, I was able to ride the rest of the season with a splint and came out pretty successful”, recalls Hunziker.

This time, in contrary, after one month of intensive rehab work and some first training runs on-snow, he decided that there is no way to avoid surgery.

“I noticed the pain in my first warm up run”, said the best ranked Swiss skier of the World Cup opening at Cardrona, New Zealand (rank 18).

“And if I'm not able to deliver the best I can it would have been hard to qualify for the Winter Olympics anyway.”

The date for the surgery hasn't been fixed yet.