LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) - Maria Hoefl-Riesch was taken to a hospital with a shoulder injury after crashing in a downhill race on Wednesday, allowing Anna Fenninger of Austria to move atop the overall World Cup standings.
The 29-year-old German was taken by helicopter off the slope and then brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“She has pain in the shoulder and back on the right side. We don’t know yet but we don’t expect any fracture or (dislocation),” Germany team spokesman Ralph Eder told The Associated Press by telephone.
Hoefl-Riesch crashed midway down when her skis slipped away beneath her at a sharp right-hand turn. She slid off course and became tangled in the safety nets.
The downhill trophy ceremony went ahead after the race with an empty top step on the podium and the German anthem playing as the helicopter landed nearby.
The 24-year-old Austrian will start in super-G on Thursday and the season-ending giant slalom on Sunday.
Hoefl-Riesch was scheduled to start all four races at the World Cup Finals. She is chasing a second overall title after getting her third Olympic gold medal in Sochi last month.
The women’s race started two hours after the men went down the same 2.3-kilometer (1.43-mile) Silvano Beltrametti course. Gut was 2.32 seconds slower than men’s winner Matthias Mayer of Austria, giving her the 18th fastest time of the day.