Alpine Skiing

The Associated Press - Monday Feb. 10, 2014 03:42 ET

Tina Weirather's leg injury could keep her out of Olympic downhill

Skier was poised to give Liechtenstein 1st medal in decades

Tina Weirather, seen in training last week.
Tina Weirather, seen in training last week. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press)

Olympic downhill contender Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein says she is struggling with a leg injury ahead of Wednesday's race.

Weirather withdrew from the super-combined on Monday, and posted on Facebook that it was a "difficult moment."

The 24-year-old ski racer, who trains with the Switzerland team, was treated at a hospital for bruising to her right tibia after a fall in a downhill training run Sunday.

Swiss team spokesman Lorenz Liechti says Weirather is "not too bad, she can walk," adding that she'd be assessed "day by day whether she can compete."

Weirather is second in the World Cup downhill standings this season behind Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.

Weirather has been on the podium nine times this season across three disciplines, with two victories.

Her mother Harti and uncle Andreas Wenzel accounted for six of the Liechtenstein's nine Olympic medals, which all came in alpine between 1976 and 1988. Harti Weirather, her Austrian father, was one of the best downhillers in the early 1980s.

-- With files from CBCSports.ca

 

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