Marion Rolland out of skiing worlds with knee injury

PARIS (AP) Downhill world champion Marion Rolland will not be defending her title next month after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

Rolland, who crashed during a World Cup super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo on Monday, will miss the world championships after a scan revealed the seriousness of the injury.

”I was hopeful that doctors would not confirm what I felt, but that was being utopian,” Rolland said in a statement on Wednesday. ”I immediately felt the tearing in my knee before I fell and finished in the safety nets.”

Rolland will rest for a month to allow the swelling on her knee to go down before undergoing surgery.

The 32-year-old Frenchwoman received treatment on the same knee two years ago, and missed the Olympic Games in Sochi last year.

”I’m in good spirits, I don’t regret having tried my luck because I could not imagine ending my career after my previous injury,” Rolland said.

The world championships are being held in Beaver Creek and Vail, Colorado, from Feb. 2-15.