KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Norwegian skier Kjetil Jansrud is facing an injury layoff after breaking two bones in his left hand in a downhill training crash Tuesday, two weeks before the start of the world championship in Are, Sweden.
Jansrud hurt his hand as he tried to break a fall on the icy Streif course in the first official training session for Saturday’s classic race.
Jansrud has posted a photo on his Instagram account after coming out of surgery, saying “I’ll be back in no-time.”
He wrote: “DieStreif 1-0 Jansrud. Note to self: if you lose balance, dont support yourself by throwing the hand down in the ice. Very unlucky to break two bones.”
Jansrud, a five-time Olympic medalist who won silver in downhill and bronze in super-G at the Pyeongchang Games, was the silver medalist in super-G at the worlds in 2017. He has won 22 World Cup races, including one super-G this season, in Lake Louise, Alberta, in November.
Jansrud won the prestigious downhill on the Streif in 2015, and was runner-up in the super-G on the same course last year.
A second downhill training is scheduled for Thursday, followed by the race on Saturday.