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Olympics: Croatia's Kostelic says gold 'not a miracle'

Croatia veteran triple Olympic skiing silver medallist Ivica Kostelic said on Tuesday his goal at the Sochi Olympics was a gold medal which he said would not be a miracle despite his poor showing this season. "My goal is a medal, preferably a gold one. It would not be a miracle," the 34-year-old told reporters at the Zagreb airport just before leaving for Russia. "To be realistic, I'm not that bad that it (the gold medal) would be a miracle," he added.

Skiing: Kostelic undergoes new knee surgery

Croatia's veteran ski champion Ivica Kostelic on Tuesday underwent another operation on his troubled right knee in a Swiss clinic, the national ski association said. The 33-year-old Kostelic underwent succesful surgery in a Basel clinic during which doctors "treated his meniscus and removed bone growths," the association said in a statement. It was the 11th time the Zagreb-born Kostelic had gone under the knife to repair damage to his knees -- 10 times on the right one -- caused by years of wear and tear on the slopes, especially in his preferred slalom discipline.

Skiing: Kostelic set for knee surgery in April

Veteran ski champion Ivica Kostelic is to once again undergo knee surgery which will sideline him for up to two months, the Croatian national ski association said on Monday. It will be the 10th time that the 33-year-old Croatian has gone under the knife to repair damage to his knees caused by years of wear and tear on the slopes, especially in his preferred slalom discipline.
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