(CNN) -- Olympic downhill silver medallist Martina Schild will miss the Vancouver Winter Games after tearing knee ligaments in World Cup downhill training at St Moritz, Switzerland.
Her absence is a huge blow to the Swiss women's team already deprived of double world silver medallist Lara Gut (hip) and Franzi Aufdenblatten (knee).
Schild, 28, has ruptured the cruciate ligament of her left knee as well as damaging the meniscus -- after landing badly following a jump. She will undergo an operation straightaway.
"I was so looking forward to going to Vancouver and then that happens," she told reporters. "It's really come at a terrible time, so close to the key moment of the season."
The training run was headed by Austrian Elisabeth Goergl, who clocked a time of one minute 41.08 seconds, 0.04 seconds ahead of American Julia Mancuso, with Sweden's Anja Paerson in third.
American World Cup overall leader Lindsey Vonn finished down in 15th place in a time of 1:42.28.