Olympic Champ Sofia Goggia to "start again" after being ruled out for rest of season
Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia has reassured fans that she is looking to the future, after her season was ended by another injury.
The Italian alpine skiing gold medalist suffered a broken arm while racing in Germany on Sunday.
Goggia took to social media following the disappointment, posting on Instagram: "Remember; it is from pain that we can start again."
Racing injury for Goggia
The 27-year-old fractured her left arm during the women's Super-G event at the World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday.
Goggia crashed heavily mid-race and needed help getting out of the safety netting.
In a statement, the Italian Winter Sports Federation said, "Examinations carried out at the Garmisch hospital revealed a radius fracture of the left arm which struck the gate."
Goggia has since undergone surgery and according to the Italian winter sports federation, has been ruled out for at least six weeks.
''It’s a crash that I didn’t need, but we all know that negative episodes are part of a skier’s career. I’ve been through worse situations and I always came back with greater determination, I’ll be back to work in the next few days to recover in the best possible way'' Goggia told the Italian Winter Sports Federation.
Another set-back for the Italian
Goggia is currently sitting eighth in the overall World Cup standings but the latest injury mean she's expected to miss the World Cup finals in Cortina d'Ampezzo from March 16-22.
The injury is just another blow for the Italian who has suffered several set-backs in recent years.
On top of four knee surgeries, the Italian missed Sochi 2014 due to an ACL tear and was sidelined for the first few moths of the 2018-2019 season after fracturing her ankle prior to PyeongChang 2018.
Not the only Olympic champ to fall
2010 Olympic giant slalom champion Viktoria Rebensburg also suffered a season-ending crash at the World Cup event in Germany.
After winning the downhill race on Saturday, the 30-year-old fractured her left tibia.
According to the German ski federation she will need 6-8 weeks to recover, likely ruling her out of World Cup finals.