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Leading downhill skier Sofia Goggia crashed in training Monday and broke two bones in her right leg, ending her season prematurely.

Goggia, who has had numerous serious injuries throughout her career, straddled a gate with her right leg while undertaking a training giant slalom in northern Italy.

The Italian Winter Sports Federation said surgeons inserted a metal rod in her leg attached with seven screws to repair her tibia and malleolus bones at a Milan hospital.

“I’ll come back this time, too,” Goggia said before entering the operating room, according to the federation.

Goggia is the latest top skier to crash recently following a series of falls involving Mikaela Shiffrin, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Petra Vlhova, Alexis Pinturault, Corinne Suter, Canada’s Val Grenier, among others.

Vlhova, the Olympic slalom champion who crashed at her home race in Jasna, Slovakia, last month, had surgery Monday in Switzerland to repair torn ligaments in her right knee.

“The operation was successful,” Vlhova’s coach Mauro Pini said, adding that the “recovery is going according to the plan.”

WATCH | Goggia wins Austrian downhill in January to extend season lead:

Italy’s Goggia claims her 1st downhill win of the World Cup season

Italian Sofia Goggia won Saturday’s women’s World Cup downhill race in Zauchensee, Austria with a winning time of 1:46.47.

The 31-year-old Goggia leads the World Cup downhill standings with an 89-point advantage over Austria’s Stephanie Venier. She is fourth in the super-G standings, and fifth overall.

Goggia also crashed during a super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 2022 and suffered multiple injuries to her left knee and leg but hurried back in time to take the silver medal in downhill at the Beijing Olympics 23 days later to go with her gold from four years earlier at Pyeongchang.

“It’s always upsetting when an athlete gets hurt,” federation president Flavio Roda said. “Sofia was having a really great season. She was fast in speed and had improved a lot in giant slalom. It’s a real shame, this injury. We’re hoping that she gets through it in the best manner possible.”

Last year in St. Moritz, Switzerland, she won a downhill a day after breaking two fingers in her left hand.

This latest injury comes almost exactly two years before the Milan-Cortina Olympics are due to begin on Feb. 6, 2026.

Last week, Goggia finished fifth at the Kronplatz resort for her best giant slalom result in more than six years. She has 24 World Cup wins.

WATCH | Previewing 2024 World Cup alpine skiing classic races with Goggia:

Previewing the 2024 World Cup alpine skiing classic races with Sofia Goggia

In the third episode of Let’s Go Racing, Scott Russell looks ahead to upcoming events in Wengen, Kitzbuehel, Garmisch and Cortina — some of the most historic locations on alpine skiing’s World Cup circuit. He’s joined by Canada’s Valérie Grenier (now a two-time World Cup winner), Italian superstar Sofia Goggia and former Canadian tech skier Michael Janyk.

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