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Olympic, World downhill champs crash, injured two weeks before Worlds (video)

Daniela Merighetti

Reigning Olympic and World champions in the women’s downhill crashed and suffered leg injuries in the World Cup super-G won by Lindsey Vonn in Cortina d’Ampezzo on Monday, putting their World Championships statuses in doubt.

Co-Sochi Olympic downhill gold medalist Dominique Gisin suffered a a tibial head fracture in the right leg, which normally keeps skiers out six to eight weeks, according to the International Ski Federation. The Swiss Gisin’s best finish this season was fifth in a Val d’Isere downhill.

The World Championships are in two weeks.

The 2013 World champion in the downhill, France’s Marion Rolland, also picked up an unspecified knee injury. Rolland was coming back from an ACL injury after missing the Olympics. Her best finish this season was 25th.

Also, Italian Daniela Merighetti broke some teeth and her jaw in her crash and will probably not compete in this weekend’s races in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Merighetti finished third in the Cortina downhill won by Vonn on Sunday.

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