Didier Defago out for season

Updated: September 15, 2010, 2:58 PM ET
Associated Press

GENEVA -- Olympic downhill skiing champion Didier Defago is expected to miss the entire Alpine season after injuring his left knee in training.

The Swiss ski federation said an MRI exam showed Defago had torn his ACL. He will undergo surgery in Geneva on Saturday.

Team doctor Hans Spring said the diagnosis likely rules out Defago for the season. The World Cup season runs October through March, and the biennial world championships is held next February in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The 32-year-old racer fell Wednesday during a practice run in Super-G on the glacier slopes at Zermatt, Switzerland.

Defago won his first major career medal at the Vancouver Games in February, skiing the Whistler course 0.07 seconds faster than Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway. Bode Miller of the United States was another 0.02 back.

Defago had never won a downhill race until completing the classic double at Wengen, Switzerland, and Kitzbuehel, Austria, on back-to-back weekends in January 2009.


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