Alpine Skiing - Hoefl-Riesch to battle through pain in Levi

Maria Hoefl-Riesch has sustained an injury to her hip and will be forced to limit her training schedule over the coming weeks.

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Maria Hoefl Riesch of Germany competes during the women's first run of Alpine skiing World Cup slalom final in Schladming on March 17, 2012.

The 27-year-old German is suffering from arthritis due to a bruised bone on her left hip, leading her doctor to recommend an eight-week lay-off.

However, the double Olympic champion is determined to feature in the first slalom race of the season in Levi at the weekend and has continued to train, albeit lightly.

"I have reduced the volume of my training," the 2012 overall World Cup winner said. "I will grit my teeth and move on. I want to be in the race at Levi."

Hoefl-Riesch finished 11th at the World Cup season opener in Soelden last weekend and is planning to race the giant slalom in Aspen in two weeks and then two downhills and a super-G a week later at Lake Louise.

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