Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Austrian ski star breaks ankle in pre-season training ahead of PyeongChang.
FIS World Cup overall champion Marcel Hirscher has suffered a setback on the first day of pre-season training after breaking his left ankle during a slalom run.
The Austrian turned badly after hitting a gate to incur the frustrating injury and will now need to wear a cast for six weeks to help heal the ankle.
Thankfully the 28-year-old will not need surgery, however it does not help his preparation for a busy upcoming season that includes the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games from February 9-25.
Hirscher completed a fairytale season last time out with his sixth FIS World Cup overall crown, fourth giant slalom title and fourth slalom title along with two world championship golds and one silver in St. Moritz.
He also moved up to fifth in the all-time list of World Cup race winners thanks to his 45 wins, leaving him one shy of Luxembourg legend Marc Girardelli’s 46 victories.
The new FIS World Cup season starts on October 29 with the traditional Sölden giant slalom in Austria, an event where Hirscher has excelled with podiums over the last five years.
Hirscher has six world championship golds to his name, but no Winter Games golds therefore he will work hard to come back from this injury strongly so he can be at his best again in four potential South Korea events.