Forsyth rehabs in mom's memory

ALISON KORN -- For Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

I have a soft spot for athletes dealing with an injury, because I suffered through that too.

Damage to my ribs and back nearly kept me from making two Olympic rowing teams, though luckily both injuries did end up healing in time.

But you don't have to know pain to have your heart go out to the courageous Canadian downhill skier Allison Forsyth, who not only crashed at the 2006 Turin Olympics and tore up her knee, but also lost her mom to breast cancer six months ago.

After 20 months of rehab, Forsyth is still not yet able to race again, and last month was sent home from a training camp in Austria with more knee pain. But rather than keeping her frustration and tears private, Forsyth is doing something productive with those emotions -- raising money and bringing attention to the disease, by wearing a pink painted helmet topped with a drawing of the breast cancer ribbon.

"The knee injury I sustained bothers me daily, in that I ski with pain everyday," Forsyth writes on her blog www.pinkhelmet.ca. "This being said, it is not unusual for athletes at this level to ski with pain. I am determined to show the world my helmet and turn them on to this cause and I am determined to bring my skiing back up to a world class level."

While training in Austria, fellow skiers reacted with interest to Forsyth's unusual helmet, and she looks forward to skiing commentators discussing it publicly when she gets back to racing.

The two-time Olympian won a bronze medal in the giant slalom at the 2003 world championships, the first for a Canadian woman in that event for more than two decades.

Forsyth's mother, Marion, died of inflammatory breast cancer, an advanced and accelerated form of breast cancer usually not detected by mammograms or ultrasounds. It's not common, but is the most aggressive form of breast cancer.

"This is my new purpose, my purpose as a daughter who lost her mother to this disease, my purpose as a woman who may fall victim to this disease, as well as my purpose as an athlete who will continue to compete in honour of her mom's memory," Forsyth wrote. "My mom was an incredibly strong woman, who fought until her last breath to beat this disease. My goal is ensure not another woman faces this same fate. So here I am writing her story."

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