After a fall in the downhill earlier on Wednesday at World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Maria Hoefl-Riesch was evacuated via helicopter with a suspected arm and shoulder injury. The German Ski Federation has confirmed that Hoefl-Riesch suffered a muscle injury in the left thigh as well as a severe bruise on her left shoulder and elbow. Additionally, the three-time Olympic champion sustained a capsular injury in her left elbow.
The diagnosis was determined by team physician Dr. Christoph Kruis following MRI and X-ray examinations. The World Cup season has come to an abrupt end for the current runner-up in the overall standings.
Although the 29-year-old still won the small crystal globe for downhill, the fight for the overall World Cup title has been abandoned as a result of her injuries.
“It’s obviously very bitter that Maria could not fight to the last race for the big globe at the end of such a good season,” remarked German head coach Thomas Stauffer.
Release courtesy of DSV