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Slalom World Champion Matt Injured

posted: 01/01/2000

Kitzbuehel, Austria Jan. 20, 2002 (AP)--Slalom world champion Mario Matt will miss the Olympics after injuring his right shoulder during a World Cup race Sunday.

He was scheduled to have surgery in an Innsbruck clinic, team officials said.

The Austrian first hurt his shoulder by falling in training, then partially dislocated it when he was pushing out of the start hut for Sunday's slalom. He also tore tendons in his shoulder and broke the top of the bone in his upper arm.

Matt was ninth in the first run, then didn't compete in the second run.

He was third in the World Cup slalom rankings last season and has won three World Cup races.

The Austrian Olympic team already is without double gold medalist Hermann Maier, who hasn't recovered from a motorcycle accident last summer, and Josef Strobl, who tore knee ligaments.

Werner Franz, Rainer Salzgeber and Heinz Schilchegger are out for the season with knee problems.

Copyright © 2000 The Associated Press

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