SOELDEN,AUSTRIA,25.OCT.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup season opening, Rettenbachferner, giant slalom, men. Image shows Justin Murisier (SUI). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

Switzerland’s top-performing male in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opener in Soelden, Justin Murisier who finished 15th, underwent arthroscopic surgery today on his right knee to repair a medial meniscus tear sustained earlier in the week.

Murisier is expected to miss training for the next four weeks, but the 23-year-old skier is optimistic that he will be able to start in the next giant slalom race at Beaver Creek.

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“I’m highly motivated and started the season with good training performances. I hope that I can build on that in Beaver Creek,” said Murisier.

Meanwhile, his Swiss teammate Carlo Janka, who sat out of the Soelden opener due to back pain, received a troubling diagnosis but is also hoping to recover in time to compete in North America. An MRI revealed that Janka has a stress fracture in the fifth lumbar vertebrae in his back that continues to cause pain, but the team doctor believes he cannot make the injury any worse by skiing.

“The task now is to find out what is possible and what is not. I’m going to travel to North America with the team as planned and look confidently to the coming season,” said Janka.

The first downhill training run in Lake Louise, Canada, is scheduled for Nov. 25.

Release courtesy of Swiss Ski