(Reuters) - Italy's Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia will miss her home world championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo after suffering a knee injury in Germany at the weekend.
The Italian ski federation (FISI) said after scans in Milan that the season was over for the 28-year-old, who has won the last four women's World Cup downhills and would have been a favourite in Cortina.
Goggia is also leading the World Cup downhill standings, 195 points clear of American Breezy Johnson.
The world championships at the Italian Dolomite resort are scheduled to run from Feb. 8-21.
FISI said Goggia sustained a compound fracture of the right knee after a fall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen while skiing back down to the valley after a Super-G race was postponed due to fog.
Goggia missed the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a result of a cruciate ligament tear and had to end last season early due to a compound fracture of her left arm.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ed Osmond)