More surgery for Erik Guay

19 June 2014 20:57
Erik Guay leads in Bormio 2nd training
Erik Guay leads in Bormio 2nd training -
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Erik Guay will be undergoing an addition surgery on his left knee on June 25. The Canadian speed specialist struggled lately to keep pace in training for more than a few consecutive days and decided to get the aching knee checked.  The MRI unfortunately showed that the injury on the head of the femoral bone has increased from 8 to 14 mm.

The only way to hope  for Guay to recover completely is to undergo a complete operation and for that the expected recovery time is five months. This means he will be missing the entire summer training and the beginning of the next season.

At best, he could be able to race again in Val Gardena, in December, but it is more realistic to think of a return to the Classics in January. At worst, it will be the end of a brilliant career of 12 seasons, marked by 21 World Cup podiums, a Crystal Globe in super-G (2010) and a Downhill World Championships title (2011).

Slowed by knee and back injuries for many years, Erik Guay knows that the possibility of retirement is more real than ever.

"We sometimes see injuries that you can not recover from,” Guay told “These are realities. I'm a guy who watches it from all angles. I see that I may have surgery and not be ready this year. It could continue to bug me and I don’t go back to where I was before. There is always this chance. But I'm still motivated. I think I still have a lot of time in front of me."

His whole World Cup career Guay has been competing on Atomic but is about to finalize a new contract with HEAD. 

Major change, it was also decided to separate Atomic his faithful supplier since his debut in the World Cup, to reach Head, who holds the high ground on the circuit for a few seasons. They contract just needs to be signed. 

"I try to keep my morale high. It's easy with the kids, I think about other things. I'm pretty busy at home. But ... it is not super easy either. I love skiing, I love the competition. I want to keep it simple,” Guay concluded.

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