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It was a difficult comeback for Alice Merryweather.

Sobering comeback: Bad luck for Ski-Girl continues

Former junior ski world champion Alice Merryweather took part in a World Cup for the first time this season after a break of almost four years. After a start with mixed feelings, the season ended too soon for them again.

At the descent in St. Moritz on December 9th, the American Alice Merryweather celebrated her comeback: she finished the race in last place, more than six seconds behind, and still emerged as the winner at the finish line. In the previous months she had gone through a very difficult time.

The 27-year-old struggled with eating disorders in 2020 and starved herself. Her trainer quickly recognized the problem and brought the young ski talent into treatment. The next setback followed in 2021: during training in Saas-Fee, Merryweather fell at around 125km/h. She completely destroyed her left leg and suffered a broken tibia and fibula as well as tears in the cruciate and medial ligaments and the meniscus. Her face is barely recognizable because of the abrasions.

Another early end to the season

Now it is exactly this knee that is causing her problems again. Almost three weeks ago, the 27-year-old went for treatment because her knee pain made it almost impossible to take part in races. A sobering update follows on Instagram on Friday morning: Merryweather is ending the season early.

Alice Merryweather has had a difficult season. © AFP / DIMITAR DILKOFF

“Was it the comeback season I imagined? Definitely not,” said the ski star. However, she remains optimistic: “Fortunately, this round was just a 'clean-up'. I plan to be there again in no time and this time with a lot less pain.” A small consolation is that at least this time there is no horror crash that is the cause of the early elimination.

At the World Cup race in St. Moritz in December 2023, Merryweather only achieved 32nd place. Shortly after their departure, the race was canceled due to poor visibility. Her biggest victory to date is the Alpine Ski Junior World Championship title in 2017.


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