Crash hard on Canadian skiers

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

LAKE LOUISE — There was nobody on the women’s alpine world cup circuit who wasn’t rattled by British racer Chemmy Alcott’s horrific injury Thursday.

Alcott wasn’t just Britain’s top ski racer, she’d been on the circuit for twelve years and was close friends with many of her rivals.

But for the Canadian team, Alcott’s injury hit even closer to home. While Alcott represents Great Britain in international races, she’s also very much a part of the Canadian team. She trains with them, attends team meetings and has been good friends with the more senior team members for years.

“Chemmy’s been my teammate all summer and she’s also been a good friend of mine and we’ve raced together for many tears now,” said Britt Janyk, who was the top Canadian in Friday’s ladies downhill event at Lake Louise. “She was kind of my training partner. We’ve got a lot of young girls on the team and they’re great, but to have Chemmy around, someone who’s raced on the World Cup as long as I have, to train next to her has been fantastic.”

Alcott was airlifted off the mountain during Thursday’s training session after crashing on a jump right after the treacherous Coach’s Corner, about a third of the way down the course. She was rushed to the hospital in Banff where she underwent emergency surgery for a compound tibia-fibula fracture on her right leg.

The injury was similar to the one suffered on the same course last year by Canadian racer John Kucera, who began skiing again only two weeks ago.

Janyk said she’d spoken to Alcott Friday morning via text message and would be visiting her with the rest of the team after the race.


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