Bad break for Lavoie

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

LAKE LOUISE -- Another beautiful day in the Rockies was marred by a horrifying crash when Canada's Vincent Lavoie went down yesterday at the Winterstart World Cup.

Lavoie, only the second racer down the super-G course, lost his footing when he hit the Juniper Cut Off jump near the bottom of the track.

According to race officials, the lip on the jump threw Lavoie backward and out of his stance, causing the 27-year-old to land awkwardly on his left leg and ultimately crash.

After he came to a halt, Lavoie laid on his back and signalled for help from race medics by waving his ski pole.

A medical unit responded immediately and rushed the Cap Rouge, Que., native to the first-aid area.

Replays on the jumbotron in the spectator area showed Lavoie's left leg gruesomely twisted upon landing the jump, which sent a nauseous wave through the crowd of 2,000.

With the severity of the injury in question, the race medics transported Lavoie via ambulance to the Banff Mineral Springs hospital where he underwent surgery.

Alpine Canada officials confirmed last night Lavoie broke his tibia and fibula -- a season-ending injury.

Racing was halted for 20 minutes while course workers fixed the Juniper Cut Off lip.

Lavoie's injury was one of three severe crashes during the week. Austria's Fritz Strobl badly injured his eye during training Friday and was unable to race on the weekend.

Also on Friday, Johan Clarey of France tore his ACL.

Despite the accidents, racers didn't fault the course.

"The course is in really good shape. It's been in awesome condition and there's no reason to not have a really good run," said Hudec.


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