World Cup skier Tamara McKinney, America's best hope for an Alpine medal in the 1988 Winter Olympics, will be sidelined for about six weeks with a hairline fracture of her lower left leg.
McKinney suffered the injury during a slalom training session Monday at Copper Mountain, Colo., where the U.S. Ski Team is training, but the severity wasn't immediately known.
Team trainer Chris Tucker estimated that McKinney will miss about 10 World Cup races but said that she should return well before the Games Feb. 13-28 at Calgary, Canada.
McKinney, the only American woman to win a World Cup overall title, has said this would be her last season of competitive racing.