Eva-Maria Brem, the reigning World Cup giant slalom champion and Austrian Sportswoman of the Year, broke her lower left leg in a crash Friday and will be out four to six months, according to Austria’s ski federation.
Brem, 28, completed a steady rise last season to the top of the giant slalom standings, winning twice and adding a pair of runner-ups on the World Cup circuit.
However, Brem was 26th in the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 22.
The favorites for this season’s World Cup giant slalom title, in Brem’s absence, appear to be World Cup overall champion Lara Gut of Switzerland and American Mikaela Shiffrin, who went one-two in Soelden.
Shiffrin, an Olympic, world and World Cup champion in the slalom, finished fifth in the Sochi Olympic giant slalom, won her first World Cup giant slalom later in 2014 and finished third in the World Cup giant slalom standings in 2015 before missing much of last season due to injury.
Brem is the latest star skier to suffer a major leg injury, following those to Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn, Anna Veith and Shiffrin last season.
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, next weekend.
After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.
Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.
Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.
“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.
Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.
Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.