FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, Italy's Christof Innerhofer celebrates after completing an alpine ski, men's World Cup Super G, in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Former gold medalist Christof Innerhofer has ended his season due to injury on the eve
Giovanni Auletta, file
February 06, 2017

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) Former gold medalist Christof Innerhofer has ended his season due to injury on the eve of the Alpine skiing world championships.

The Italian winter sports federation says Innerhofer, who won the super-G when taking home three medals from the 2011 worlds, has a microfracture in his left fibula.

Innerhofer says ''It's too dangerous to race with a fracture like this.''

The 32-year-old racer first injured his left leg in a combined event in December at Santa Caterina, Italy

Innerhofer was typically flamboyant when returning to place second in the most recent World Cup super-G at Kitzbuehel, Austria. He stayed up by lifting his left ski to shoulder height to regain balance early in his run.

He skipped races the next week in Germany and later tests revealed a fracture.

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