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German World Cup skier Stefan Luitz has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee after the Alta Badia GS on Sunday, according to a tweet by the German Ski Federation. Luitz pulled out of the first-run course on the fourth gate and skied to the finish on his own. He was later taken to Innsbruck, Austria, where an MRI confirmed the injury.

Luitz was on the podium in both World Cup giant slalom races this season–first at Beaver Creek, Colo. and then in Val d’Isere, France.

It is another tough blow to the German men’s tech team after the recent injury of Felix Neureuther, who underwent surgery this week.

“In the last few weeks, I have tried everything to get the injury under control conservatively, but I had to admit that surgery is the most reasonable,” Neureuther said in a press release. “Since I want to continue my career in any case, I have decided for this operation. I will now work consistently on my rehabilitation to continue in the 2018-19 World Cup season, where I left off this year.”

Both athletes are expected to miss the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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