Anna Goodman (CAN) ends her season early

04 March 2011 10:57

Canadian slalom skier Anna Goodman has finally learned why her hip has been so sore throughout the 2010-2011 season of World Cup Alpine skiing: she suffers from a torn labrum and damaged cartilage.

That is what the athlete of Pointe-Claire announced Thursday on her Twitter account.

"Season’s over early. Already planning for a stronger comeback! "She says in her message published in the afternoon.

"I figured it out this week," Goodman said later during a telephone interview with The Canadian Press from Calgary, where she is in rehabilitation for several days with other members of the Canadian team.

Goodman said she carried the injury around since last December, but the pain worsened in recent weeks.

Despite her problems, she had three top 30 results, including a 14th and a 23rd place in the World Cup, and a 21st place at the recent World Championships. But she also took part in five other races that she failed to finish or in which she did not reach the second run.

Goodman will miss the last slalom taking place on March 12 in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, just before the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. She would have started this race as 37th of the overall classification, 16 points behing the 30th place, which means it would have been difficult to obtain a good result and qualify for the finals of the World Cup.

"I had some good races, but I also lacked consistency this season. I know I am capable of being among the best if I manage to stay healthy, "said Quebec's 25-year-old, who had qualified for the Olympics last year with a ninth place but had then suffered a torn knee ligament.

She still took part in the Olympic slalom with a protective knee brace, before undergoing an operation to reattach the ligament but had to settle for a 19th place in Whistler.