Austrian skiing star Anna Veith suffers season-ending injury
2014 Olympic champion Anna Veith has sustained a season-ending injury, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) once again.
The 29-year-old experienced pain in her right knee during a giant slalom training session ahead of the Kronplatz World Cup event in Italy, which forced her to stop skiing.
The three-time Olympic medallist is set to undergo surgery immediately, effectively putting an end to her season, where she was ranked ninth in the giant slalom season standings and 15th in the super-G season standings.
Her misfortune has caught the attention of fellow alpine skiers including Lindsey Vonn who is making her own return to competition after injury last November.
Austrian women plagued by ACL injuries
Veith's injury comes a day after teammate Stephanie Brunner suffered a similar fate, which has also rendered her out for the rest of the season.
Brunner had returned to competition last October and was enjoying a strong comeback which included her best-ever results to-date. She secured her first World Cup podium with a third place giant slalom finish at Killington in November and had three other top-six giant slalom finishes this season.
Veith is the third Austrian female skier to suffer an ACL injury this season which started with Katharina Gallhuber in December. The 21-year-old who won slalom bronze at PyeongChang 2018 tore the ACL and meniscus in her right knee following a fall during training in Semmering.
Deja vu for Veith
This is not the first time Veith's career has been halted by injury.
While training for the Soelden season opener in 2015 she injured her right knee, suffering severe tears to both her ACL and meniscus which caused her to miss the entire season as well as the majority of the next.
She briefly returned to the slopes to take part in the 2017 World Championships but was unable to defend her Super-G and Giant Slalom titles and decided to withdraw from the remainder of the season to focus on recovering properly.
Veith also required surgery in 2017 to address the pain in her left knee patella.
The two-time overall World Cup winner returned to competition last season and enjoyed a victory as well as two other podium finishes.
The Sochi 2014 Super-G champion just missed our on defending her title at PyeongChang 2018 where she finished second behind surprise winner Ester Ledecka.