Broken bone doesn't stop Lamaze

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:29 PM ET

Shades of Bobby Baun -- Canada's Eric Lamaze won the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen despite competing with a broken bone in his left foot through two clean rounds plus a jumpoff.

Lamaze, the world's No. 1-ranked rider, will have surgery Tuesday on the foot.

"They are going to operate tomorrow and put some screws in it," Lamaze said in a statement. "This is the more aggressive approach; it is the fastest way to come back. It should take two to three weeks to heal. Luckily, it was a clean break."

Lamaze, 42, broke the bone while competing in the first round Sunday in Aachen, Germany. Lamaze said he heard a crack and felt pain upon landing a jump. Lamaze and his Olympic gold medal partner, Hickstead, then completed two clean rounds and defeated Switzerland's Pius Schwizer in a jumpoff.

Lamaze has been on a hot streak, having won the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Calgary's Spruce Meadows on July 10 and ascending this month to No. 1 on the Rolex World Rider Rankings.

Lamaze hopes to return for a competition in the Netherlands, Aug. 13-15.

Baun, a Toronto Maple Leafs defencemen, is remembered for scoring an overtime goal in Game 6 of the 1964 Stanley Cup final against the Detroit Red Wings, despite having a broken bone in his right leg.


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