An emerging medal contender in the super-G is out for the season after suffering a major knee injury in a race last weekend.
Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who was fourth in the super-G at the World Championships in February, suffered a rupture of the cruciate ligament and a meniscus lesion on her left knee in a downhill crash in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday.
She’ll undergo surgery and miss the Sochi Olympics.
This affects Lindsey Vonn and the U.S. women’s ski team.
Goggia, 21, had never raced a World Cup super-G before placing fourth at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria. That was the same race where Vonn blew out her right knee in a crash.
Goggia backed up that finish by placing seventh in her World Cup super-G debut in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Nov. 30. With more development, she could have broken up the traditional powers in the event come Sochi.
Vonn is the reigning Olympic bronze medalist in the super-G. Tina Maze, the reigning World Cup overall champion, won the World Championship in February. The best skier on the current World Cup tour, Lara Gut, has won both super-Gs this season.