Shiffrin slalom rival Velez Zuzulova hurts knee in training

September 13, 2017 - 5:13 pm

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — One of Mikaela Shiffrin's expected main rivals for the Pyeongchang Olympic slalom title has injured her right knee in training.

Veronika Velez Zuzulova has posted a photo on her Facebook page of herself using crutches to walk, and says she has returned home to Slovakia.

The International Ski Federation says Velez Zuzulova suffered a suspected ACL tear while training in Argentina.

The 33-year-old racer was second to American star Shiffrin in the World Cup slalom standings last season.

Velez Zuzulova won one race at Zagreb, Croatia, and was runner-up to Shiffrin in four others.

She missed the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where Shiffrin won the gold medal in her specialist event, due to a torn ACL in her left knee.

The Pyeongchang Winter Games open on Feb. 9 in South Korea.

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