Sofia Goggia, the world's top downhiller, has surgery after a training fall

Sofia Goggia, the world's top downhill skier, underwent surgery on Monday after breaking her right tibia during giant slalom training.

Goggia will rest for about 40 days, then a period of physiotherapy awaits, according to the Italian Winter Sports Federation. The Alpine Skiing World Cup season ends on March 23.

Goggia, 31, has won two races this season and has taken six podiums in total.

The gold medalist from the 2018 Olympic Games in the downhill ranks 1st in the season ranking in the downhill, 4th in the super-G and 5th in the overall ranking.

In 2022, Goggia bounced back from a Jan. 23 super-G crash that left her with a minor fibula fracture, a partially torn ACL and a sprained left knee to win silver at the Olympic downhill on Feb. 15.

In December 2022, Goggia broke two fingers on a downhill, underwent surgery and won the downhill the next day.

During her career, she underwent at least four knee surgeries.

A large group of decorated alpine skiers is already out for the rest of the season due to injury: Olympic gold medalist in slalom from Slovakia Petra Vlhová, Olympic gold medalist in downhill Corinne Suterová from Switzerland, top man in downhill from last season Aleksander Aamodt Kilde from Norway and the last two champions of the world in men's combined — Alexis Pinturault from France and Marco Schwarz from Austria.

American Mikaela Shiffrin has not raced since injuring her left knee in a downhill on Jan. 26, but could return later this season.

Ferdinand Medina

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