Overall champion Hirscher breaks ankle, out for 6 weeks

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2017 file photo Austria's Marcel Hirscher waits in the finish area during an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Multiple World Cup Overall winner Hirscher broke his left ankle during a training on Moelltaler glacier in Austria, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta, file)
FILE - In this March 19, 2017 file photo Austria's Marcel Hirscher skis during a men's World Cup slalom ski race in Aspen, Colo. United States. Multiple World Cup Overall winner Hirscher broke his left ankle during a training on Moelltaler glacier in Austria, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, file)

VIENNA — Six-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher has broken his left ankle and will be in a cast for six weeks.

The Austrian ski federation says the 28-year-old Hirscher straddled a gate at the Moelltaler glacier during his first day on skis ahead of the season, which starts Oct. 29. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Salzburg but does not need surgery.

Hirscher posted a video of the incident on his Facebook page and said "the next ski day has to wait a little bit."

In March, Hirscher became the first male skier to win a sixth overall title. A month earlier, he won gold in both slalom and GS at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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