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Svindal suffers Achilles injury

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World downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal is likely to miss the entire Alpine skiing season after tearing his Achilles tendon in Austria.

The 31-year-old Norwegian was injured while playing football on Saturday, eight days before the World Cup season starts with a giant slalom in Soelden.

Svindal, who missed the entire 2007-08 season after breaking bones in his face during a training session, has won 11 medals at major championships and is a double World Cup overall champion.