Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Schild injury blow rules her out of world championship title defense

December 21, 2012 -- Updated 2027 GMT (0427 HKT)
Marlies Schild in action during a World Cup slalom race earlier this season in Colorado.
Marlies Schild in action during a World Cup slalom race earlier this season in Colorado.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Marlies Schild ruled out for three months after training fall in Sweden
  • Austria's Schild is the World Cup overall slalom champion
  • She has operation on her injured right knee
  • Schild to miss defense of world championship slalom crown

(CNN) -- Austria's skiing ace Marlies Schild will miss the rest of the season after suffering a training accident, her national federation announced Friday.

The 31-year-old Schild, who is the reigning World Cup overall champion in the slalom, twisted her right knee ahead of a competition in Are in Sweden.

She returned home immediately after the fall on Thursday morning for further medical tests, which revealed a muscle tear.

A statement on the official website of the Austrian federation said she had undergone a short operation Friday which went well, but she would be sidelined for about three months.

Vonn reflects on an 'amazing' year
Longer skis reduce alpine injuries?

"Marlies will start physiotherapy tomorrow," said Gernot Sperner of the Kettenbruecke clinic.

It is a bitter blow for Schild, who will be unable to defend her slalom title in the world championships in Schladming in February.

She is a four-time World Cup slalom champion and has also taken the combined overall crown.

Gold has eluded her in Olympic competition with two silver and a bronze medal her best performances.

Schild has been struck by injury before, breaking her left leg in October 2008 which sidelined her from competition for over a year.

In her absence in Sweden, 17-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup race under the lights at Are.

She finished 00.29 seconds ahead of Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, who was fastest on the first leg.

World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia finished third.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
March 31, 2014 -- Updated 1318 GMT (2118 HKT)
American skier Lindsey Vonn poses with a crystal globe after claiming the title of overall World Cup winner at the Alpine ski World Cup finals in March 2012.
Football has its 18-carat-gold World Cup trophy, and ice hockey the silver and nickel Stanley Cup, but skiing's globes are something else...
March 24, 2014 -- Updated 1822 GMT (0222 HKT)
Austrian skiers Anna Fenninger and Marcel Hirscher reflect on their World Cup triumphs.
March 24, 2014 -- Updated 1823 GMT (0223 HKT)
Christina Macfarlane explores how skiing's coveted Crystal Globe is made.
February 20, 2014 -- Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT)
The ghostly lights wind up from the base of the mountain. Heart rates are also rising. This race is held on a notorious downhill ski course -- but in reverse.
January 29, 2014 -- Updated 1846 GMT (0246 HKT)
CNN's Christina Macfarlane looks back at the history of Austria's Kitzbuhel ski race.
January 29, 2014 -- Updated 1849 GMT (0249 HKT)
CNN's Christina Macfarlane explores a new technology that customizes the entire boot to your foot.
February 4, 2014 -- Updated 0515 GMT (1315 HKT)
If you're scared of heights, then this is not for you -- a glass cube perched at the top of a 12,600-foot peak in the French Alps.
December 16, 2013 -- Updated 1127 GMT (1927 HKT)
CNN's Christina Macfarlane goes on patrol with a a seasoned ski rescue team in the French Alps.
December 16, 2013 -- Updated 1125 GMT (1925 HKT)
CNN's Christina Macfarlane meets Giant Slalom world champion Tessa Worley in Lyon, France.
December 13, 2013 -- Updated 1556 GMT (2356 HKT)
From GoPro cameras to avalanche airbags. CNN's Christina MacFarlane puts the latest skiing gadgets to the test.
December 2, 2013 -- Updated 1659 GMT (0059 HKT)
CNN's Christina MacFarlane talks to teenage skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin.
December 2, 2013 -- Updated 1659 GMT (0059 HKT)
CNN's Christina Macfarlane finds out how designers and engineers made Beaver Creek race course from scratch.
ADVERTISEMENT