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Styger crashes out at Lake Louise

Nadia Styger's season has got off to a bad start.

(Keystone / Laurent Gilieron)

One of Switzerland's young skiing hopefuls, Nadia Styger, is heading home after suffering a knee injury during training for the first women's World Cup downhill race of the season.

The 21 year-old hurt her left knee in a fall on the course at Lake Louise in Canada.

Doctors said she had damaged her meniscus, but were unable to be more precise. Further investigations will be carried out in Switzerland to determine whether the ligaments are damaged.

It is Styger's third serious knee injury in her short skiing career. She missed the entire 1997/98 season after tearing the ligaments in her right knee, and last December damaged the ligaments in her left knee during a race in Veysonnaz.

At Lake Louise, another young skier, Austria's Kerstin Reisenhofer, had a more serious fall spelling the end of the season for her.

After the first training run, Italy's Isolde Kostner has the fastest time, followed by Canada's Melanie Turgeon, Michaela Dorfmeiser of Austria, and the Swiss skier, Sylviane Berthod.

swissinfo with agencies

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