Yannick Bertrand, the 32-year-old French speed specialist, injured his left knee in a training session in Zinal (SUI) on 12th April. He had a bad landing and then felt an intense pain in his knee.
Medical examinations revealed an ACL rupture in the left knee which requires an operation. Bertrand will be operated in Lyon on 20th April and he will then return to Hauteville for his rehab from 24th April.
Bertrand scored three top 10 results this season, including 6th place in the Beaver Creek and Schladming downhills.
The same fate was met by Vitus Lüönd, the Swiss downhill racer, who injured his left knee in Samnaun on 11th April. An MRI exam showed an ACL tear and injuries to the meniscus. Lüönd was operated last Saturday and will only return to skiing in the autumn.
Lüönd had 11 World Cup starts last season with the 17th place in the Chamonix downhill as his best result.