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Alpine skiing-Downhill world champion Rolland set to miss Sochi

Reuters

PARIS, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Downhill world champion Marion Rolland of France is likely to miss next year's winter Olympics in Sochi because of a knee injury suffered during training.

"Today's examinations have shown she had ruptured a anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee and torn an internal lateral ligament," the French skiing Federation said in a statement.

"Surgeons will determine how to deal with it."

There was no official confirmation that the 31-year-old Rolland will miss the Olympics, but skiiers are generally out of action for at least six months when they suffer this kind of injurys.

Rolland had never won a World Cup event before clinching an unexpected world title in Schladming, Austria this year.

The Sochi Olympics will take place from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23 at the Black Sea resort in Russia. (Reporting by Gregory Blachier; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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