Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 15, 2002 (AP) -- The Olympic hopes of Austrian skier Josef Strobl ended Tuesday when he shredded knee ligaments in a crash during downhill practice.
Strobl, a winner of seven World Cup races, will miss the rest of the season and was scheduled to travel to Schrunz for surgery.
He had appeared to be peaking with less than a month to go before the Salt Lake City Games.
He took a bad fall during training for Saturday's downhill on the Streif course, considered the most harrowing and dangerous run on the World Cup circuit.
On Saturday in Wengen, Switzerland, he placed third in the downhill. Two weeks before, he finished runner-up in a downhill in Bormio, Italy.
Strobl has had a streak of bad luck leading to major international championships.
He failed to be selected for Austria's world championship team in St. Anton last winter and did not qualify for the 1999 World Championships in Vail, CO.
In 1998 Strobl traveled to Nagano, Japan, after qualifying for the Olympic downhill but again failed to be selected for the team. At the 1997 worlds in Sestrieres, Italy, the Austrian crashed during the downhill.