Norwegian speed talent Lotte Smiseth Sejersted (21) is in Zürich for an operation Wednesday afternoon after she crashed in training in Zermatt on Tuesday.
The crash took place in super-G training where Sejersted lost control of her skis and fell. Hospital examinations revealed that she had broken her thumb but otherwise came out of the crash lucky.
"As far as fractures go, this one is relatively easy to manage and we are optimistic for winter. After the operation on Wednesday afternoon Lotte will stay in the hospital for a day or two," commented Norwegian head coach Jørgen Nordlund.
Sejersted should be able to return to training relatively soon, and potentially return to skiing within the next month.
"Initially she will probably need some extra protection on her thumb especially in slalom where there is a lot of gate contact. Otherwise she can probably train normally," analyzed Nordlund.
Lotte Smiseth Sejersted was the best Norwegian female skier and especially made her mark in the speed events last season.