He hyper-extended his right knee and suffered meniscus damage. The knee is the same one that he injured in training in a gym Liechtenstein in January 2004. The 23-year-old will undergo an operation in Bern, Switzerland, on Monday but is in serious doubt for the Winter Olympics which begin on February 20.
Teammate Brad Wall finished in 45th place in the Adelboden event, which was won by Austrian Benjamin Raich. Wall’s result gives him the last of three top 80 per cent of field results that qualify him for selection to the Games team.
Meanwhile, in moguls skiing competition, Dale Begg-Smith finished in ninth place in a World Cup in Mont Gabriel, Canada, with brother Jason the next best of the Australians in 28th place, one spot away from capturing the last of three top 60 per cent of field results that he needs to qualify for selection to the Games team.
The news was better for Manuela Berchtold, who missed a start in the final by two places, finishing 18th, but secured the third top 60 per cent result which qualifies her for Torino team selection. Also in Canada, Alisa Camplin made her first jumps on snow since her knee operation, landing several straight layout single somersaults. www.sportal.com.au