BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss ski and snowboard season was off to a bumpy start, with snowboarders surprising everyone by failing to qualify for World Cup competitions last week and world number two skier Beat Feuz suffering a serious knee injury.
The news this week is slightly better, with Feuz’s doctors now saying he has suffered only a “bone browse” to the left knee, where he had surgery last spring. He fell during training for the giant slalom in Ushuaia, Argentina Friday 24 August and it was feared he had suffered more serious damage to his knee.
The Swiss snowboard team continues to suffer, but on a different level, from its complete failure to qualify for the first World Cup competition of the season, in Cardrona, New Zealand. Only one Swiss boarder, Ursina Haller, is in the top 20 world rankings for men or women.