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Olympic champion Cologna to have ankle surgery

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Olympic champion Cologna to have ankle surgery

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Dario Cologna of Switzerland poses after the men's 50-kilometer Classic Mass Start, at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, Sunday, March 3, 2013. Cologna finished in second place. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympic champion Dario Cologna will miss the start of the cross-country skiing season after injuring his right ankle in training.

The Swiss ski federation says Cologna will miss up to two months after he has surgery on Friday to repair a ligament torn while running.

Cologna says in a statement that ''this injury hurts not only physically but also mentally.''

Cologna, the Olympic gold medalist in 15-kilometer freestyle, says he expects to be fully fit for the Sochi Olympics in February.

The 27-year-old Swiss is a three-time overall World Cup champion.

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