Fog clears for ski star Bauer

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — There is a fear of fog at the ski events at the Vancouver Olympics.

But there’s great news for the Canadian freestyle ski team: the fog in former world champion Veronika Bauer’s head has lifted and the Toronto native is almost certainly good to go when the women’s aerials is contested on Feb. 24.

“She’s in a very confident place and she’s come through maintaining confidence and comfort, which is a big thing for her,” freestyle team leader Peter Judge said Friday.

Bauer, a two-time world champion medallist and winner of 18 medals on the World Cup circuit, has failed to make the finals at the last two Olympics and her Games jinx seemed destined to continue here in Vancouver.

Last February, Bauer crashed during an Olympic test run on Cypress Mt. site of the 2010 Olympic competition. For 10 months, she was unable to train, or do much of anything else. But Judge said yesterday that her improvement over the last couple of weeks has been dramatic and not only is she probably going to compete, he considers her a medal possibility.

“It’s going to be difficult for her, but she certainly has the wherewithal to pop up (and win one),” he said.

steve.buffery@sunmedia.ca

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