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Walchhofer in doubt for the Winter Olympics

Austrian downhill ace Michael Walchhofer is in doubt for the Winter Olympics at Vancouver next month after suffering a knee injury in Saturday’s downhill at Kitzbühel.

Walchhofer, 34, brushed pain in his knee off immediately after falling, but a medical examination yesterday (Mon) revealed he had suffered a severe strain and a torn intra-articular ligament in his right knee.

Dr. Harald Aufmesser, who examined Walchhofer, said: "The knee is stable, but it is definitely a new injury. In the case of such an injury, one cannot say how long it will take to heal. Our goal is to get him fit for the Olympics."

The skier will undergo daily therapy for the injury.

The Austrian Olympic ski team will leave for Canada on 2 February, and the Olympic downhill will occur on 13 February at Whistler Mountain not far from Vancouver, Canada.

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