Women looking good in skicross

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER -- Canada has a legitimate shot at owning the podium in skicross Tuesday at Cypress Mountain, even if Julia Murray can’t overcome a knee injury.

Murray, the daughter of late “Crazy Canuck” Dave Murray, is fourth overall in the World Cup standings and is among four Canadians ranked in the top 10 of the newest Winter Olympic sport.

The 21-year-old from Whistler suffered multiple left knee ligament tears while training in Lake Placid, N.Y. last month and started February with arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage.

"It wasn't looking too good before, but after I had the (surgery), I got a lot more range of motion,” Murray said. “Because I'm young and I heal quickly I think I'll be able to do it."

Pemberton, B.C.‘s Ashleigh McIvor, the 2009 world champion, is second overall on the World Cup circuit. Kelowna, B.C.’s Kelsey Serwa is third while Danielle Poleschuk of Calgary is eighth.

The racer to beat is France’s Ophelie David, the 2007 world champ who is bidding for a seventh consecutive World Cup title.

At least one podium finish would be a better result for Canada after medal hope Chris Del Bosco of Sudbury, Ont., crashed before the final jump on Sunday.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca

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