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German Olympic slalom champ Hilde Gerg retires following knee injury

German Olympic slalom champ Hilde Gerg retires following knee injury{mosimage}Hilde Gerg, the 1998 Olympic slalom champion, has decided to retire from the sport four days after a serious training accident.

The 30-year-old Gerg had an accident on the slopes of Copper Mountain, Colorado, last week, rupturing a cruciate ligament, and the latest injury setback has persuaded her to end her career.

“I am very frustrated, but there is no point anymore,” Gerg told Bild daily.

Gerg was expected to be one of Germany’s skiing medal hopes at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.

The German ski federation announced on Sunday, Nov. 20, that Gerg had had an operation on the knee and would have to remain in a Munich clinic for several days before starting rehabilitation.

She took part in three Olympics, starting with the 1994 Games in Lillehammer when she was 18. Gerg’s finest hour came in 1998, when she won the Olympic slalom crown in Nagano.

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