Robbie Dixon suffers leg injury
Canadian veteran team member Robbie Dixon suffered a severe leg injury while training in Zermatt, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old skier from Whistler, B.C. was completing his first training run of the day. Dixon was in mid-turn when he felt a pain in his lower right leg, as a result of the impact of the quick vibration of his ski on the terrain. He described the discomfort in his leg as pressure, which required him to stop the run. Dixon was airlifted off the glacier to a near by hospital in Visp, Switzerland. He is currently under observation.
Dixon, often referred to as one of Canada’s most gifted speed skiers, joined Alpine Canada’s Speed Team in 2005. He has earned 11 top-10 finishes on the World Cup and has four top-five finishes, including one in the super-G at Beaver Creek in December 2011 when he was just five-one hundredths out of bronze medal position. Dixon missed the entire 2012-13 season after catching an edge and crashing during a downhill race in November 2012 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. He underwent surgery and through his perseverance, dedication and hard work returned to competition in the 2013-2014 season.
“Perseverance has always been a strong trait of Robbie’s. He has proven this by overcoming past injuries throughout his career” said Paul Kristofic, VP of Sport at Alpine Canada. “It has been his dedication, drive and commitment to the sport that has lead to his success to date and I have full confidence with his commitment he will make a strong recovery. We will be behind him every step of the way.”
Due to the high forces and speed Dixon was travelling he fractured his right tibial. The fracture is located just below the location of Dixon’s 2012 injury. This type of facture has been seen in other athlete’s within the sport. Dixon is in good spirits and arrived in Canada on Sunday, where he is scheduled to have surgery.