Velez Zuzulova injures knee during training in Argentina
Slovakian World Cup star Veronika Velez Zuzulova has suffered a serious injury in Ushuaia, Argentina. According to Sport.sk, Team Manager Robert Magat confirmed that during a training session, she injured her right knee. The slalom specialist may have suffered an ACL tear, but the diagnosis is unconfirmed.
“On behalf of Veronika and her father, Timotej Zuzula, we ask all media representatives for patience, but we can not tell you more precisely about the extent and timing of the treatment of the injured knee, but we assure everyone that we will inform you immediately after further evaluation in Europe,” Magat told Sport.sk.
She is flying back to Austria for a more thorough evaluation and diagnosis. The lingering question is: Will she be able to compete in the Olympic Winter Games?
Velez Zuzulova had a similar injury in her left knee back in 2013, just before Levi, Finland. She attempted to comeback without surgery on her ACL, but found that her knee could not support the intensity of World Cup racing and missed the 2014 Games. She has competed in three Olympic Winter Games, but never won a medal. The 33-year-old skier had five World Cup podium results last season including a win at Zagreb, Croatia. In total, she has won five World Cup slalom races during her career and earned 30 podium results.