Ted Ligety with trophy

Ted Ligety celebrates a win, pre-injury. PHOTO: Courtesy of Ted Ligety

In an unfortunately familiar turn of events, an ACL tear has ended Ted Ligety’s injury-riddled season. Ligety dubbed the accident, which happened during a GS training run Wednesday, a “#lamecrash” on his social media accounts. Though his season started off with a GS win in Austria, a training injury in November left Ligety with three herniated discs in his back, knocking him out of competition for a full month. He came back to win a silver medal in a Super G at Beaver Creek but failed to regain his early-season momentum.

This season we’ve seen knee injuries take a number of high-profile racers out of the World Cup circuit, notably Mikaela Shiffrin, who originally hoped to be racing before the season’s end but will likely not be back until next season. Aksel Lund Svindal, who was poised to potentially take first overall and in multiple disciplines, is also out do to injury. Julia Mancuso also had season-ending hip surgery in November.