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Mario Scheiber of Austria tears ACL, out for season

Mario Scheiber of Austria tears ACL, out for seasonMario Scheiber, a promising and versatile young member of the Austrian ski team, will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury he incurred during the team’s training camp in Canada.

“Mario tore his cruciate ligaments in his right knee during training Saturday and will come home in the next few days,” Jo Schmid, the spokesman for the Austrian ski federation, told The Associated Press. “He will be out for the whole season.”

Ever since Scheiber won the World Junior Championships giant slalom in 2003, he has been positioned for a big-time World Cup career. The following season, he was put on a special squad that included Hermann Maier, Stephan Eberharter and Benni Raich.

Last year Scheiber, now 22, finished on the podium in Beaver Creek, Garmisch and Kvitfjell. “Mario is one of our greatest talents and we have expected him to do very well this year. It’s a pity,” Schmid told the AP.

Scheiber’s squad was training GS at Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, Canada. The Austrian team has struck agreements to use several Canadian resorts as a base for November training camps.

Team doctor Selma Frey examined the knee at the Kamloops hospital and sent Scheiber home, where he will receive treatment from Austrian team physician Wulf Gloetzer.

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