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World downhill champion Ilka Stuhec tears ACL

Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup - Men's and Women's Team Event

ASPEN, CO. - MARCH 17: Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia wins the globe in the overall standings during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Women’s Alpine Combined on March 17, 2017 in Aspen, Colorado (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.

Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a slalom practice crash in Austria on Sunday.

“She’ll likely be out for the whole season,” her agent said in an email.

Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.

According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that.

In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”

The Olympics start in less than four months.