Canada’s Kucera suffers injury setback

16 February 2011 16:06

Canadian Alpine Ski Team racer John Kucera suffered an injury setback Wednesday when he crashed while forerunning in Aspen, Colorado.

The 2009 downhill world champion from Calgary, Alta., has re-injured his left tibia, which he originally fractured in November, 2009, when he crashed at Lake Louise.

Kucera, 26, is set to return to Calgary, where the injury will be assessed by doctors. It’s yet to be determined if he will require surgery.

“I’m kind of shocked,” said Kucera, who was forerunning ahead of the men’s U.S nationals downhill race in Aspen. “It’s a bad luck situation – my ski just popped off.

“The injury is not nearly as severe as last time. I’m going to stay focused on coming back as soon as I can.”

Kucera has spent the past few weeks training and forerunning to help him prepare for a return to World Cup competition.

Dr. Stephen French, Alpine Canada Alpin’s medical co-director, said it’s too early to say when Kucera will be able to return to competitive ski racing.

“He has re-injured his tibia,” said Dr. French. “It’s a setback for his return to competition. He’s returning to Canada to determine if further surgery will be required.”