Bigna Windmueller and Lindsey Van injured
For Bigna Windmueller and Lindsey Van this season is already over. Both athletes suffered a partial ACL rupture and will not compete in the remaining Ladies World Cup events this winter.
Bigna Windmueller felt pain in her left knee after the trial round before the competition at the Olympics in Sochi. Thanks to physiotherapy before the first round she was able to participate in the competition. After flying back home she continued normal physical training without any problems. During a training camp of the Swiss team in Seefeld she then felt very strong pain again after a jump. The MRI at the hospital showed that her left ACL is partially torn. For now the 23-year old jumper will not undergo surgery, the injury will be treated with physiotherapy only.
“The two competition jumps of Bigna in Sochi were significantly different than the ones in the training the day earlier. Also the landings were very unstable and not confident. That showed that there was already a problem, maybe we underestimated those signs", said head coach Fabian Ebenhoch.
Lindsey Van felt a strong pain in her left knee after the landing in Friday’s second training round in Rasnov. The US jumper landed safely, but shortly afterwards she fell in the outrun and couldn’t get up anymore. On Saturday the 29-year old had an MRI in the hospital in Rasnov which confirmed that her left ACL is partially torn. The World Champion from 2009 will undergo further medical tests in Utah, however it is already certain that the season for her is over.