Norwegian star Kjetil Jansrud broke his left hand in the first downhill training run in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Norwegian lost his balance on the difficult upper portion of the course and touched his hand to the rough, icy surface at high speed. He was operated on in the St. Johann hospital and cannot ski for the next few weeks.
“He has two fractures related to the middle and index finger in the left hand,” says medical coordinator and manual therapist on the Norwegian National Team, Lars Roenningen. “It is currently difficult to say exactly how long it will take before Jansrud is ready to compete again, but it is a matter of weeks.”
“There is a lot of bad luck that this happened now in the Kitzbuehel week and shortly before the World Cup, but now I can do nothing but help to make the injury heal as quickly as possible, so that I get to ski again,” says Jansrud.
It is unclear whether Jansrud will be ready for the World Championship in Are, Sweden, which begin with super-G on Wednesday, February 6.
Release courtesy of the Norwegian Ski Federation.