Olympic downhill champion Mayer to miss season-opening race

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) The Austrian ski federation says Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer will skip the season-opening World Cup giant slalom on Sunday.

It says Mayer has not fully recovered from bruising both lower legs in a training crash on the Pitztaler glacier on Oct. 12.

Quoted in a statement by the federation, Mayer says ''the pain is still too much so it's useless to start Sunday. My goal is to compete at the first speed events in Lake Louise late November.''

Mayer also missed the season-opening race last year after hurting his right knee and bruising his spine in a training crash.

Mayer took downhill gold at the Sochi Games last year and has won three World Cup speed races but has yet to reach a podium in GS.

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