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World downhill champion Patrick Kueng done for season

Patrick Kueng

VAL GARDENA, ITALY - DECEMBER 16: (FRANCE OUT) Patrick Kueng of Switzerland competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men’s Downhill Training on December 16, 2015 in Val Gardena, Italy. (Photo by Francis Bompard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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World downhill champion Patrick Kueng ended his Alpine skiing season early due to a left patellar tendon injury suffered in July, according to the Swiss ski federation.

Kueng, 31, made six World Cup starts on the damaged knee in November and December with a best finish of ninth.

Kueng joins Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer on the sideline for the rest of the season.

The most decorated healthy downhill racers are Norwegians Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud, who combined to win the last three World Cup season titles in the discipline. Svindal leads this season’s standings, with Jansrud in third.

The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, on Saturday and Sunday, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

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