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Mikaela Shiffrin slalom rival in doubt for Olympics

Veronika Velez Zuzulova

Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia clears a gate during the women’s Slalom race at the Alpine Skiing World Cup finals in Lenzerheide March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SKIING)

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The world’s third-best women’s slalom skier could miss the Sochi Olympics with a knee injury.

Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova, 29, caught an edge while training in Austria and fell, according to the International Ski Federation (FIS).

“A first MRI showed a broken ACL, but there is still some hope that it might not be fully broken so I am going for a second MRI next Wednesday and based on those results we will make a plan,” Velez Zuzulova told FIS.

She said if it’s “completely broken” she will have surgery and miss the Olympics, but if there’s a chance the knee will hold up, she will skip the first two races of the World Cup season and plan to return after that.

Zuzulova was third behind American Mikaela Shiffrin and Tina Maze in the World Cup slalom standings last season and the only woman to finish in the top five each of the last three seasons. She was seventh at the World Championships in February.

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