Alexandra Pretorius Injury Takes Jumper out of Sochi 2014

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Canadian women's ski jumping team members Alexandra Pretorius, Taylor Henrich and Atsuko Tanaka
Canadian women's ski jumping team members Alexandra Pretorius, Taylor Henrich and Atsuko Tanaka
Canadian women's ski jumping team members Alexandra Pretorius, Taylor Henrich and Atsuko Tanaka
Canadian women’s ski jumping team members Alexandra Pretorius, Taylor Henrich and Atsuko Tanaka

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Today, Ski Jumping Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of Alexandra Pretorius from Olympic competition in Sochi.

Pretorius suffered a further injury to her ACL which she initially injured in July. The injury occurred during a pre-Olympic training camp in Whistler BC. Alexandra underwent ACL surgery on August 21st and her recovery was on track which resulted in her being named to Canadian Olympic team on January 26th. Unfortunately due to this set back and further injury Alexandra will not be able to compete in Sochi.

“Despite all my hard work a recent event has resulted in a tragic reinjured knee which will not recover in time for Sochi, said Pretorius. “Although this is heartbreaking news I will be cheering on all Canadians and I look forward to having my chance at the next Winter Olympic Games.”

“We are extremely proud of Alexandra’s courage and dedication in efforts to compete in Sochi, said Curtis Lyon, High Performance Director, Ski Jumping Canada. “She is still part of our team and we will be thinking of her in Sochi as her teammates make our country proud. We request that the media respect her privacy as this is obviously a very difficult time for her.”

“On behalf of the entire Canadian Olympic Family, I want to thank Alexandra for her tremendous bravery in preparing for the Sochi Olympic Games – we are all in admiration of her commitment to recover and be selected to the Canadian Olympic Team,” added Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “We are behind Alexandra and support her as she begins her road to recovery.”With only 30 jumpers qualified for the Games, there is only a final consisting of two jumps. The highest combined score from the two jumps wins.

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