Slalom skier Zuzulova to miss ski season

Slovakian skier Veronika Velez Zuzulova will miss the season

because of a knee injury.

Zuzulova was third in the World Cup slalom standings last season

and was an expected medal favorite at the Sochi Olympics.

On her website, the 29-year-old Zuzulova says “I am sad to

announce that the Olympic season is over for me.”

Zuzulova says she sustained “a fully torn ACL” in training in

October and “my knee did not cooperate on my first day back on

skis.”

Zuzulova will have surgery on Jan. 2 in Lyon, France, and

targets a return to World Cup racing next season.

The Slovak got her first World Cup victory last December in

Semmering, Austria, and also won the parallel racing event in

Munich.