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Injury sidelines Swiss Olympic ski champion

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Injury sidelines Swiss Olympic ski champion
Viletta is out for the season. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP
12:54 CET+01:00
Swiss skier Sandro Viletta, the reigning Olympic super-combined champion, has been forced to cut short his season because of a right knee injury, the Swiss federation announced on Tuesday.

Viletta, who turns 30 later this month, picked up the injury during a training session for the downhill at Val Gardena, Italy in mid-December.
   
"The bone bruising is painful, particularly when I'm in bent positions which are crucial for competitive skiing," explained Viletta, who will now prepare for the 2017 world championships at home in St. Moritz.
   
His absence is a new blow for the Swiss team after world downhill champion Patrick Küng called a premature end to his season last week because of persistent knee pain.

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