Surgery for Rolland after rupturing knee ligament

PARIS (AP) — World downhill champion Marion Rolland faces a long spell on the sidelines after further tests revealed she ruptured a knee ligament in a training crash last weekend.

She sustained the injury on Saturday in Chile and was flown back to France to assess the extent of the damage. The French Ski Federation said Friday that Rolland has ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament and has sprained her interior knee ligament.

The FFS said she will undergo surgery but did not say how long she is expected to be out.

The 30-year-old Rolland has struggled with injuries throughout her career. But in February, she won the world title on the Streicher course in Schladming, Austria.

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