Kostelic Bruises Arm in Giant Slalom


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland Feb. 13, 2003 (AP)--Triple Olympic champion Janica Kostelic escaped serious injury after clipping a gate with her arm Thursday during a giant slalom at the world championships.

She severely bruised her arm and hurt her shoulder blade, her manager, Vedran Pavlek. Kotelic had X-rays at the Gut clinic.

Kostelic, who ignored warnings from doctors not to risk aggravating a sore right knee coming into the race, hit a gate with the inside of her elbow toward the end of the course. She finished 13th, clutching her hand and grimacing.

Kostelic, who became the first skier to win four medals at a single Olympics last year in Salt Lake City, won the gold medal in the combined Monday and was aiming for a good performance in the giant slalom before her specialty, the slalom, on Saturday.

Pavlek said that the 21-year-old Kostelic's participation in the slalom was not in question despite the pain in her knee and arm.

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