Olympic Alpine skiing champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway will undergo season-ending knee surgery after a race crash last week.
Jansrud, the most decorated active Olympic Alpine skier with five medals, suffered ligament damage in his crash in a World Cup super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado, on Friday.
The 36-year-old will be out six to nine months and said he is determined to come back, according to Norway’s federation.
That’s a change from before this season, when Jansrud reportedly said he would likely retire after the 2021-22 campaign.
Jansrud’s Olympic super-G gold in 2014 came a year after tearing an ACL in the world championships super-G.
He is the most decorated active men’s speed racer with 21 World Cup wins between downhill and super-G.
Last season marked the first time since 2012-13 that Jansrud did not win a World Cup race. His last major victory was the 2019 World Championships downhill.
Countryman Aleksander Aamodt Kilde has emerged as Norway’s top speed skier, winning a super-G and a downhill in Beaver Creek.
A Norwegian man has won Olympic Alpine skiing gold at each of the last eight Winter Games dating to 1992.
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