Two months before the start of the new World Cup season, Switzerland’s Justin Murisier has to cope with another crippling setback. Medical examination revealed an ACL tear and cartilage damage in his right knee following a training crash in New Zealand.
Last Sunday, Murisier crashed during giant slalom training in New Zealand and returned to Switzerland prematurely for further evaluation. The Swiss ski team’s GS star underwent surgery on August 31 with everything going well, according to sources. Nevertheless, Murisier will miss the entire 2018-19 season.
“I will come back next year,” he says. “This is my new goal and I am ready to fight like a lion.”
For the 26-year-old athlete, this is the third severe knee injury since his beginnings on the World Cup Tour in 2010. In the fall 2011 he tore his ACL playing soccer and eleven months later suffered the same injury during slalom training. Because of these injuries, he missed the entire 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Last winter, the skier from Valais finished the season ranked seventh in the World Cup giant slalom standings and landed just off the podium with a fourth-place finish in Alta Badia.
Release courtesy of Swiss Ski.