Ex-Olympic champion German skier Gerg retires
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.
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