Canadian Olympic gold medallist Ashleigh McIvor's season has came to a sudden end.
McIvor, who won the gold medal in women's ski cross at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, landed hard Wednesday during training for the Winter X Games in Aspen, Col. and suffered a serious knee injury.
McIvor, a 27-year-old from Whistler, B.C., tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee and will require season-ending surgery.
"It's extremely frustrating but I'm thankful it's not last year's X Games, because that was our last event before the Olympics," McIvor said Thursday during a conference call. "I don't have a head injury and I don't have a spinal injury, so it's OK, this will heal, and I'll be back racing next year."
McIvor, the reigning Olympic and world champion, blew out her knee after over-shooting a jump on the difficult X Games course. She says she immediately knew the ligament was torn, having suffered the same injury to the same knew in 2005.
"I kind of caught someone's draft going off a jump, it was three rollers that we were tripling, and I kind of missed making a move off it to absorb it and overshot it by a lot," McIvor said. "I landed perfectly balanced, I just came down so hard from so high up, something had to give."
Seven other skiers and snowboarders pulled out of the competition Thursday due to the difficulty of the course.
McIvor is expected to stick around Aspen to watch the competition then will have surgery in Vancouver once the swelling goes down. She's likely to need six months of rehab after having surgery.