Canadian medal hope Groenewoud has knee surgery

Canada's Rosalind Groenewoud competes during the freestyle halfpipe final at the Snowboard and Free...

Canada's Rosalind Groenewoud competes during the freestyle halfpipe final at the Snowboard and Free Style Centre in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, on February 16, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/JAVIER SORIANO)

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Canadian halfpipe skier Rosalind Groenewoud has undergone surgery on both knees but is expected to recover in time to compete at the Sochi Olympics, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association said Thursday.

Groenewoud, the 2012 X Games Champion, 2011 world champion and a top medal contender in Sochi, had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday after injuring her left knee in training in Colorado last week.

Given the nagging issues of Groenewoud's right knee, the decision was made to scope both joints at the same time.

Despite the injury Groenewoud completed the qualifying run, finished 10th, and secured her place on the Canadian Olympic team.

"It wasn't my plan to have knee surgery this close to the Olympics," Groenewoud said in a statement. "But I can't wait to have two fully functional knees and ski without pain.

"No one said this road to Sochi would be easy but, luckily, I like challenges."

Groenewoud, a good friend of sport pioneer Sarah Burke, who died in a training run crash in 2012 and carries her name on her helmet in competition, is expected to recover in four to six weeks. That will leave her just enough time to be fit for the Sochi Olympics which begin on Feb. 7.


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