ARE, Sweden (Reuters) - Slalom world champion Marlies Schild crashed in training for an Alpine ski World Cup race on Thursday, injuring ligaments, the Austrian team said.
Schild flew home to Austria from Sweden immediately, the team added without giving any more details about the extent of the injury.
The Austrian, who is one victory short of the record of 34 World Cup slalom wins held by Swiss Vreni Schneider, was already struggling with influenza ahead of Thursday's race.
She had endured a disappointing start to the season, crashing out of contention in Levi before finishing second to compatriot Kathrin Zettel in Aspen last month.
(Reporting by Manuele Lang; Editing by Clare Fallon)