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Russian alpine skier breaks leg and will miss Sochi Olympics

Russian alpine skier breaks leg and will miss Sochi Olympics
Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov, left, waves the Olympic flag after receiving it from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, center, as Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson looks on during the Closing Ceremony at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada, during the 2010 Winter Olympics on February 28, 2010. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

MOSCOW, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Promising Russian alpine skier Valentina Golenkova has broken her leg and will miss the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian sports news agency R-Sport reported.

Golenkova recently accomplished the biggest success of her career when she won a downhill gold medal and a Super G bronze medal at the University Games in Italy.

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She was not considered a medal contender for the Olympics in Sochi, which will begin in February, but would have likely participated in the Russian alpine ski team, R-Sport reported.

Golenkova, who debuted at the World Cup last month, is the reigning Russian national champion in downhill and Super G events.

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