SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM,AUSTRIA,21.FEB.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill, men. Image shows Patrick Kueng (SUI). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Mathias Mandl

Swiss speed specialist Patrick Kueng has decided to discontinue training for several weeks due to a left knee injury sustained in dryland training. The South American speed races scheduled for the end of the month and into September will therefore take place without the downhill world champion.

During a fitness workout in late July, Kueng injured his patella tendon. Although the injury is not considered serious, it limits his performance abilities. Despite a decrease in the load exerted on the knee in recent days, no improvement was observed. While Kueng could likely free ski without pain, more intense on-snow training is currently unthinkable. Together with his coaches, Kueng decided to skip the intensive training in Chile for rest to ensure full recovery. Doctors anticipate a break of 6-8 weeks.

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Despite this forced break, Kueng is optimistic that he’ll be in fine shape by the start of the downhill season in November.

“It’s obviously a pity to miss weeks of training in the southern hemisphere. But most important is to make the final preparation for the new season without pain. If I can train 100 percent during the months of October and November, I’ll be ready to Lake Louise,” Kueng said.

The Swiss World Cup 1 group directed by Sepp Brunner departs for Chile on Aug. 23 for training lasting through mid-September. Kueng will stay behind for therapy and rehabilitation as scheduled.

Release courtesy of Swiss-Ski