Luitz to miss Winter Olympics as Germany's injury woes mount

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Stefan Luitz will miss the Winter Olympics after rupturing a cruciate ligament during the World Cup giant slalom in Alta Badia on Sunday.

Luitz, a bronze medallist in the team event at the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, pulled out of his first run in Italy shortly after setting off, placing his hand on his left knee as he did so.

The German Ski Association (DSV) announced the 25-year-old, who is fourth in the World Cup giant slalom rankings, has sustained season-ending ligament damage, meaning he will not feature on the slopes during the Games in Pyeongchang next year.

"Stefan Luitz will miss the remainder of the season after a cruciate ligament rupture. We wish you a good recovery!" read a tweet from the DSV.

It is another blow for Germany, who will also be without Felix Neureuther - another member of the team that took bronze in 2013 - after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear last month.