Veronika Velez-Zuzulova

Veronika Velez-Zuzolova of Slovakia is planning on returning to the World Cup circuit next season. ((Marco Tacca/Associated Press))

Slovakian skier Veronika Velez Zuzulova will miss the season because of a knee injury.  

Zuzulova was third in the World Cup slalom standings last season and was an expected medal favourite at the Sochi Olympics. She has finished in the top 5 in the season slalom standings in five of the last seven years, including a third place showing in 2012-13.

On her website, the 29-year-old Zuzulova says "I am sad to announce that the Olympic season is over for me."  

Zuzulova says she sustained "a fully torn ACL" in training in October and "my knee did not co-operate on my first day back on skis."  

Zuzulova will have surgery on Jan. 2 in Lyon, France, and targets a return to World Cup racing next season.  

The Slovak got her first World Cup victory last December in Semmering, Austria, and also won the parallel racing event in Munich.