Sofia Goggia to miss ski world championships after suffering knee injury in Garmisch

The downhill Olympic champion suffered a tibial plateau fracture of her right knee following a crash in Germany.

By Alessandro Poggi
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Sofia Goggia will miss the 2021 ski world championships starting on Monday 8 February in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

The Olympic downhill champion suffered "a compound fracture of the lateral tibial plateau" of her right knee after crashing in Garmisch, Germany, on Sunday (31 January), according to a statement from the Italian Ski Federation.

The 28-year-old Italian ski star sprained her knee while returning to her hotel following the postponement of today's Super G race due to foggy conditions. She reportedly tumbled in the fresh snow and was stretchered off the course, normally open to tourists.

Later in the day Goggia underwent a scan at the 'La Madonnina' clinic in Milan.

"In the next few days an exact recovery time will be estimated," FISI said.

Goggia "won't take part in the World Championships in Cortina and will start a rehabilitation process in order to resume her competitive career."

This is not the first severe injury for Goggia.

She previously tore both ACLs, twice on the right knee.

Ligaments injuries and fractures forced her to sit out the junior world championships in 2012 and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

In October 2018, the Bergamo-born ski racer broke her ankle during a training session in Hintertux, Austria, but managed to recover for the worlds in Are, where she clinched silver in the Super G event.

Last season a compound radio fracture of her left arm on the track in Garmisch ended her season prematurely.

Only a week ago the Italian claimed her fourth consecutive downhill win in Crans Montana, matching a feat last achieved in 2018 by Lindsey Vonn.