Stiegler to undergo knee surgery to repair ACL and meniscus

Resi Stiegler is helped off the course by coachesU.S. Ski Team athlete Resi Stiegler will have knee surgery Tuesday (March 20) to repair damage to the ACL and meniscus in her left knee.

Stiegler, no stranger to the operating room, sustained her latest injury while competing in the parallel slalom nations team event at the World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria last week.

During the small final of the team race Stiegler fell, clutching her left knee and was carried off the course by coaches. She returned home in the following days to receive an MRI which discovered the damage. The Jackson Hole, Wyo. native announced the extent of her injury on her facebook page Monday night.

“Ok so going in for surgery tomorrow going to fix ACL and meniscus and check on bone damage and hope for no other surprises,” wrote an optimistic Stiegler. “I’m feeling awesome and this is way easier than any of my other spills so wish me luck and I’ll be back banging down ur door in no time!”

Stiegler, who earned her first World Cup podium just two weeks before her latest fall, had missed the majority of the previous three seasons with injuries. In December 2007, she broke her left forearm and right shinbone, tore ligaments in her right knee and bruised her face and hip during a GS race. She fought her way back for an appearance at the 2009 World Championships and then broke her foot a week later when she fell off of a stair. Stiegler had two starts at the beginning of the 2010 season before she suffered her worst setback when she broke her left tibia and femur while training in Colorado.  



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