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Maria Riesch of Germany injured again

Maria Riesch of Germany injured againMore bad news for the German ski team: phenom Maria Riesch is injured again. Riesch hurt her leg in a crash while training super G in New Zealand earlier this week.

‘The injury is a further, unexpected setback, but I can not be diverted from my goal of skiing as fast as possible and getting in front again’ said Riesch.

She has returned to Munich, Germany, and has been examined by German team physician Dr. Ernst-Otto Muench. ‘Maria must in the coming four to six weeks reduce any load on the leg, thus no on-snow training is possible’ said Muench.

Riesch is a phenomenally talented 20 year old from Garmisch who scored some big results last year despite a cruel series of injuries, including a blown ACL at Cortina. She got back on snow in July.

‘We are used to injuries in the team’ said German women’s coach Wolfgang Meier. ‘Therefore we will try everything to help Maria’s rehab.’

Earlier this month, members of the German ski association were evacuated from the gondola line at Soelden, Austria, that was struck by cargo dropped from an passing helicopter, killing nine people, including six German juniors.

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