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German slalom star Felix Neureuther to miss Olympics

Finland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Germany’s Felix Neureuther celebrates in the finish area after winning an alpine ski, men’s World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)


German slalom star Felix Neureuther will miss the rest of the season, including the Olympics, after tearing his left ACL in training, according to his social media and the German ski federation.

Neureuther, 33, earned slalom medals at the last three world championships and won the season-opening slalom in Finland two weeks ago.

“The injury is extreme, especially after the successful start of the Olympic season,” Neureuther said, according to an International Ski Federation (FIS) translation. “But I’ve had some setbacks in my career, and I know how to deal with them.”

He was an Olympic medal contender, along with Austrian Marcel Hirscher and Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen.

Neureuther, the son of an Olympic champion and a three-time Olympian, has had terrible Olympic luck.

He failed to finish four of his six races among 2006, 2010 and 2014 and was eighth in the two events he did finish.

Neureuther’s injury history is extensive -- three shoulder surgeries and three knee surgeries before the 2014 Olympics. He also got into a car crash on his way to the airport to fly to Sochi, delaying his arrival.

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