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Swiss skiers who went one-two at Olympics suffer ACL tears in back-to-back weeks

Ryan Regez, Alex Fiva

18 February 2022, China, Zhangjiakou: Olympics, Ski Freestyle, Final, Ski Cross, Men, at Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park, gold medalist Ryan Regez of Switzerland (l-r), silver medalist Alex Fiva of Switzerland and bronze medalist Sergey Ridzik of the Russian Olympic Committee rejoice in their success. Photo: Angelika Warmuth/dpa (Photo by Angelika Warmuth/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Swiss Ryan Regez and Alex Fiva, who went one-two in ski cross at the Olympics, suffered ACL tears three days apart, underwent surgeries and will likely miss the rest of the season, including February’s world championships.

Regez, the reigning Olympic world champion, fell at a World Cup on Monday, also suffering two small meniscus tears, according to the Swiss ski federation.

Fiva, the reigning world champion who took Olympic silver, tore his left ACL at a World Cup last Friday.

In the Olympic final, Regez, a former downhill skier turned apprentice as a structural draftsman, got the hole shot and never relinquished the lead.

The Olympic bronze medalist is also out of action. That’s Sergey Ridzik, who is ineligible indefinitely due the ban on all Russian athletes over the war in Ukraine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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