The Austrian female team has suffered an injury blow ahead of the new season after Marlies Schild suffered a double-leg fracture during training on the Rettenbach slope in Soelden.
The reigning Slalom World Cup champion broke her right tibia and fibula after straddling a gate. The 27-year-old from Admont was immediately transported to the nearest medical center at Hochrum, near Solden.
The narrow-gates specialist underwent an initial medical examination before being taken to an Innsbruck hospital where she had a further medical inspection.
Schild claimed two consecutive Slalom globes in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons, plus five medals in the World Championships and other two medals at the Winter Olympic games in 2006. Soelden will host the opening race of the season at the end of the month, but the Austrian looks likely to miss the entire winter.