Park City, Utah, Mar. 17 (AP)--Downhill racer Kjersti Bjorn-Roli of Anchorage, Alaska, a promising World Cup skier when she was healthy, has retired from ski racing and entered college after three knee operations, the U.S. Ski Team said Thursday.
Bjorn-Roli, the 1994 NorAm downhill champion and winner of a Europa Cup downhill in Austria the next season, tore ligaments in her right knee during training before a World Cup race at Lake Louise, Alberta in December 1996. She underwent surgery three times before returning a year ago.
Bjorn-Roli, 23, who was back in some World Cup this winter, said race courses ``are rougher and the conditions harsher, and that hurts. I'm glad I came back'' but the continual pain forced her to stop racing.
She entered the University of Alaska Anchorage but does not plan to ski for the school.
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