Skiing: Wiberg's Olympics in doubt

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Pernilla Wiberg, the overall World Cup champion, may miss the Winter Olympics because of two broken ribs.

The fractures were revealed in X-rays taken on Thursday, several days after the Swede took a hard fall in a race in Lienz, Austria. "This is no fun at all," Wiberg said. Although it is not dangerous to compete with broken ribs, the pain could inhibit her performance.

"What will be decisive is whether Pernilla feels she can go all out," her trainer, Agneta Platter, said.

The men's overall World Cup leader, Hermann Maier, side, is looking to extend the flying start he has made this season at Kranjska Gora today and tomorrow.

The Austrian all-rounder, winner of three races already this winter, hopes to extend his already commanding lead with victory in today's giant slalom. The 25-year-old former bricklayer will face tough competition from the event's reigning world champion, Michael von Grunigen.

- Peter Frisch

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