Crazy Canuck's daughter truly tough

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — Her late father Dave Murray, one of the original Crazy Canucks, was as tough as forged steel. And Julia Murray is proving to be made of the same sturdy stuff.

Less than three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her left knee, the 21-year-old ski cross racer is back training and ready to compete in the women’s Olympic event on Tuesday, though she will be wearing a brace.

Murray crashed during training at Lake Placid, N.Y. and suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, as well as a tear in the collateral ligament and the medial meniscus. She had surgery on Feb. 2.

She is the fourth-ranked female ski crosser in the world. Her teammate, Ashleigh McIvor of Whistler, is ranked first and is the defending world champion.

Murray attended the ski cross team’s secret training camp at the Hemlock ski resort last week, about two hours east of Vancouver, and has been training the last couple of days at Cypress Mountain, site of the Olympic freestyle ski events.

“Everything is great, I’m skiing really well,” Murray said after training on Saturday.

Her return is some welcome news for the team, which lost Dave Duncan of London, Ont. Friday during a training accident. Duncan broke his collarbone and underwent surgery on Saturday.

steve.buffery@sunmedia.ca

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