Ex-Olympic champion German skier Gerg retires

Updated: November 21, 2005, 9:35 AM ET
Associated Press

MUNICH, Germany -- Former Olympic slalom champion Hilde Gerg retired Monday because of a knee injury that would have prevented her from skiing at the Winter Olympics.

"I wish this day were four months later," Gerg said at a hospital near Munich, where she underwent an operation Saturday.

The 30-year-old Gerg would have been among Germany's best hopes to win a medal at the Turin Games in February. She won the Olympic slalom gold medal at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. She also won the overall World Cup super-G titles in 1997 and 2002, and had 20 World Cup wins in her career.

Gerg partially tore ligaments and sustained other damage in her right knee when she crashed during a super-G practice last week at Copper Mountain, Colo.

The rehabilitation will take between four and six months, Dr. Erich Rembeck said.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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