World Cup Injury news

02 March 2013 18:23
Injury News
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FIS

Alice McKennis suffered a fracture to her right tibial plateau as a result of a downhill crash Saturday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. She was evacuated by helicopter as part of FIS standard procedure and evaluated immediately at the hospital in Garmisch. She is stable and will undergo further evaluation to determine the next steps for treatment.” – Kyle Wilkens, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Medical Director

Nadja Kamer (SUI) fell in the Super G on Friday (March 1) and hurt her left knee. She underwent medical examination and an MRI revealed a patella injury. Therefore she could not take part in the downhill on Saturday and won’t be able to race in the Super G on Sunday in Garmish-Partenkirchen. The 26 year old skier will undergo further examination on Monday in Zurich. It’s a real blow for her and the Swiss federation. She has had good results this winter so far and had a real chance to do well in Garmisch since she showed last year she was fast on the Kandahar slope, taking 2nd place. She will hopefully be fit again for the last speed events of the season in ten days for the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide. (source: Sportinformation Si AG)

Chemy Alcott, who sustained a double fracture of her right leg when she crashed training for the World Cup downhill race at Lake Louise, Canada, on 2 December 2010, and consequently missed the entire 2011 skiing season, has been racing with a “metallic leg” since her comeback and never really fully recovered. The pain in her leg hasn’t let her perform the way she wanted. With the aim of being fit again for the next Olympic season, she underwent surgery on Friday morning (March 1) in Innsbruck by Austrian Ski Team physician Doc Fink in order to remove the osteosynthesis material in her leg.  Here are her words (http://chemmyalcott.blogspot.co.uk/):

“I finally came to the decision yesterday to keep my focus on the big goal - fulfilling my potential with a personal best next February at the Sochi Olympics. To do this I need to get rid of all this pain. And to get rid of the pain I have to remove all the metal work and get healing. Decisions to have surgery never come lightly but in this instance the risks are massively outweighed by the benefits I will have of being able to focus my everything on making speed and not having to adjust for a ‘weaker’ side.

The comeback is something I know all about. But last time I was coming back with an impediment. This time I will come back fresh and without any excuses not to ski fast!!”

On the men’s side, Marc Gisin (SUI) injured himself falling in the last downhill training on Friday (March 1). He feels pain in his right knee and right ankle. He will also undergo further medical examination to know the nature of the injuries. (source: Sportinformation Si AG)