Anke Karstens to miss out Cortina PSL

17 December 2015 10:34
Anke Karstens, known for her strong backside turn, couldn't ride at 100% in Carezza
Anke Karstens, known for her strong backside turn, couldn't ride at 100% in Carezza -
Oliver Kraus

After Amelie Kober and Isabella Laböoeck have already been sidelined from the first World Cup races due to an injury, Snowboard Germany know has to handle another loss of their so far pretty strong women's raceboard team.

2014 Olympic silver medallist Anke Karstens is reported to sit out at least the upcoming parallel slalom World Cup race staged in Cortina d'Ampezzo on Saturday, Dec 19th, under the lights.

According to a press release sent out by the German Snowboard Federation the 30 year-old from Bernau is plagued by a problem with her membrane located between her right shinebone and fibular.

Karstens had sustained the injury in a training accident which occurred during the team's training camp on the Kaunertal glacier weeks ago.

“That's way I sat out the German Nationals in Hochfuegen,” said Karstens. “I was hoping that it would be OK for Carezza again.”

But the two-time Olympian had to find out that things didn't turn out all right.

“I was only able to ride at pains. As a result, we will do another x-ray and then decide what the next steps should be. However, 2015 is definitely over for me, but I hope that I will be back to action again for the Bad Gastein double event next January,” she stated.

“It's my claim to go for the podium and not for a top-16 result. If that is not possible due to an injury I have to take a break.”

Karstens, who had placed 27th at the Carezza opener to the new alpine snowboard World Cup tour, will be replaced by German young gun Ramona Hofmeister for the Cortina d'Ampezzo parallel slalom.