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Mikaela Shiffrin out through injury
Tuesday December 15, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

The skiing star tore ligaments during practice last weekend in Sweden. It is unsure when she will return. NEW

The good news is that she won't need surgery - that would have probably ended her season.

The bad news is that she will need plenty of rest and physiotherapy before she is back on skis.

She tore her medial collateral ligament in her right knee in a crash at Lake Louise, Canada.

"Good news from physician visit yesterday-  No additional injury from what we already knew. I have bone bruising and an MCL tear.  I know lots of people are anxious to predict when I might return to skiing and then racing, but we just don't have any crystal balls.  I will work as hard as possible, take it week by week and keep everyone updated. Thank you for the incredible support- I feel the love," she said on Facebook.

The 20-year old is a slalom specialist and has been on good form this season. 

She won the race in Aspen by a staggering 3 seconds as we reported earlier on PlanetSKI.

Shiffrin won Olympic gold in the slalom at Sochi in 2014 and took first place at the last two World Championships. 

She is currently in third place in the World Cup.

The defending champion, Anna Fenninger, is also out with a knee injury and Tina Maze is taking the season off. 

Lindsey Vonn currently leads the World Cup and is now the run away favourite.

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