The Canadian Alpine Ski Team followed their explosive weekends in Lake Louise with average performances in France and Sweden. The highlight was technical skier Anna Goodman placing in the top 10 for the first time in her career, while the lowlight was the knee injury to giant slalom hopeful Jean-Philippe Roy that could put him on the sidelines through the Olympics.
According to a report from Alpine Canada, Roy crashed on the bottom section during his first run.
"It wasn't a big crash but he was ejected from his skis and the injury occurred," said coach Paul Kristofic.
Roy flew back to Canada on Sunday for further assessment of the injury. He may require surgery for a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. While it's possible he could return this season, it's doubtful he will be back in the lineup in time for the Olympics two months from now if the ligament is partially or fully torn.
At Val d'Isere, France the men's team nearly failed to crack the top-30. Manuel Osborne-Paradis had the top result in the super G, placing 21 st . Michael Walchhofer of Austria was first, followed by Ted Ligety of the U.S. and Werner Heel of Italy.
In the giant slalom, Whistler's Robbie Dixon was 26 th . Marcel Hirscher of Austria was first, Massimiliano Blardone of Italy second and Benjamin Raich of Austria third.
Raich also won the super combined event, followed by Hirscher and Manfred Moelgg of Italy. Michael Janyk was the top Canadian in 35 th place.
Meanwhile the women's technical team was in Are, Sweden for giant slalom and slalom races. No Canadians qualified for a second run in the giant slalom, with Tessa Worley of France, Tina Maze of Slovenia and Kathrin Zettel of Austria placing first through third.
In slalom, Anna Goodman cracked the top 10 for the first time, finishing ninth. Brigitte Acton was 20 th .
The win went to Sandrine Aubert of France, followed by Maria Riesch and Susanne Riesch of Germany.
"It feels great to finally break into the top 10," said Goodman. "I feel like I have been on the cusp of this for a long time. Doing it today, I realize that skiing relaxed like in training and being positive pays off."
FIS looking into alpine injuries
The International Skiing Federation (FIS) is taking a close look at injuries in the sport of alpine skiing after a rash of injuries this year, holding a meeting at Val Gardena, Italy this week to discuss possible solutions.
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