Olympic slalom bronze medalist Katharina Gallhuber of Austria sustained a right knee injury that resulted from an unsuspecting fall while training in Semmering on Friday. An MRI conducted in Innsbruck revealed a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee that will end her 2018/19 competition season immediately.
The 21-year-old was the breakout star of the 2018 Olympic slalom race where she skied the fastest second run to join Frida Hansdotter and Wendy Holdener on the podium with her third-place finish. She has yet to secure a podium result on the World Cup but has posted promising results with seventh place in Levi, eighth place in Killington, and ninth place in St. Moritz (PSL) to start off the slalom season.
Gallhuber is currently ranked sixth in slalom on the WCSL behind her teammate Bernadette Schild and seventh in the discipline standings behind her other teammate Katharina Liensberger.
This is the first major injury for Gallhbuber who will undergo surgery on Saturday at the Privatklinik Hochrum. The rising star is in positive spirits, and she is determined to make a comeback after she has healed.