Shiffrin slalom rival Velez Zuzulova hurts knee in training
Sep. 13, 2017
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — One of Mikaela Shiffrin's expected main rivals for the Pyeongchang Olympic slalom title has injured her right knee in training.
Veronika Velez Zuzulova has posted a photo on her Facebook page of herself using crutches to walk, and says she has returned home to Slovakia.
The International Ski Federation says Velez Zuzulova suffered a suspected ACL tear while training in Argentina.
The 33-year-old racer was second to American star Shiffrin in the World Cup slalom standings last season.
Velez Zuzulova won one race at Zagreb, Croatia, and was runner-up to Shiffrin in four others.
She missed the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where Shiffrin won the gold medal in her specialist event, due to a torn ACL in her left knee.
The Pyeongchang Winter Games open on Feb. 9 in South Korea.