Carina Vogt sustains knee injury

Olympic and World Champion Carina Vogt sustained a knee injury during training on Wednesday and as the German Ski Association (DSV) reports in a media release she will now be sidelined for six weeks.

"I fell during a training session before the Grand Prix in Courchevel and twisted my knee. So close before the competition this is of course very annoying. On the other hand it could have been a lot worse. I will now be forced to take a break for a couple of days and then I'll focus on the rehabilitation and the preparation for the upcoming Olympic season", said the 25-year-old.

According to team doctor Florian Porzig, Carina Vogt suffered a severe strain of the knee joint and surgery won't be necessary. "This injury can be treated conservatively with immobilization. In a few days Carina will already be able to start the rehabilitation program."

Head coach Andreas Bauer will have to do without one of his best athletes in the first FIS Ladies' Grand Prix competition of the season on Friday in Courchevel (FRA) and in the next couple of weeks. "This is very bad news, Carina Vogt was jumping on a very high level recently and she was in an outstanding shape, but as the tests showed in could have been a lot worse. Now we wish Carina a speedy recovery."