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Croatian's knee likely OK for Vancouver

12/13/2009

BASEL, Switzerland -- Former slalom world champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia is expected to compete at the Winter Olympics after having the sixth knee operation of his career.

Croatia's ski federation said in a statement that Kostelic had surgery on Sunday to repair the meniscus on his right knee and that his ligaments were unaffected. The 30-year-old will return to Croatia on Monday.

The federation said that he is likely to begin training early next month ahead of the Feb. 12 start of the Vancouver Games.

Kostelic was hurt in Friday's World Cup super combined in Val d'Isere, France.

Last month, Kostelic took second place in a World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland. He was 10th in the overall standings going into Sunday's giant slalom at Val d'Isere.