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Last week, two Swiss racers, Thomas Tumler and Niels Hintermann, and one Italian, Riccardo Tonetti, all suffered hand or arm injuries in training or racing accidents.

Tumler and Hintermann were both injured at the World Cup races in Kvitfjell, Norway, with Tumler crashing out in Sunday’s super-G and fracturing the second metacarpal bone in his left hand. On Monday he was brought to the University Hospital Balgrist in Zurich and was operated on successfully by Dr. Andreas Schweizer. Hintermann fell during a training run earlier in the week and also fractured a bone in his wrist. Hintermann is also expected to be operated on by Dr. Schweizer.

Tonetti siffered a traumatic laceration to his hand with tendon and nerve damage after a training crash in Italy. The 29-year-old was operated on at the Humanitas clinic in Milan under the supervision of Italian Ski Federation medical staff. Due to the severity of his injury, Tonetti has made the decision to sit out the final races of his season and allow his hand to fully heal before returning to snow.

The men race slalom and giant slalom races this weekend in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, March 9-10.

Swiss Ski and the Italian Ski Federation contributed to this article.

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Sean Higgins
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- A Lake Tahoe native and University of Vermont graduate, Higgins was a member of the Catamounts' 2012 NCAA title winning squad and earned first team All-American honors in 2013. Prior to coming to Ski Racing Media, he coached U14s for the Squaw Valley Ski Team.
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