By Manuele Lang
ARE, Sweden, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Slalom world champion Marlies Schild crashed in training for an Alpine ski World Cup race on Thursday, injuring ligaments, the Austrian team (OSV) said.
Schild flew home to Austria from Sweden immediately, the team added without giving any more details about the extent of the injury.
The Austrian, who is one victory short of the record of the 34 World Cup slalom wins held by Swiss Vreni Schneider, had already been doubtful for Thursday’s race because of influenza.
“On one of the bumps, I lost control and I landed on my back,” Schild said was quoted as saying on the OSV website. “At the moment I feel pain in the back and in the right knee.”
Austrian chief trainer Herbert Mandl said the team hoped to have more information on the injury on Friday.
“We don’t know anything yet about the rest of her season. We’ll discuss it with her when we have more details about the injury,” he added.
Schild had endured a disappointing start to the season, crashing out of contention in Levi before finishing second to compatriot Kathrin Zettel in Aspen last month.
The 31-year-old Austrian missed the entire 2008-2009 season after breaking her shin in training in October 2008.