LAKE LOUISE, AB (November 22, 2007) – Canadian alpine skier Allison Forsyth (Nanaimo, BC) is going to sit out the 2007/08 World Cup season as she continues to rehabilitate a knee injury first sustained during training at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, ITA.
Forsyth tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in February 2006.
“It’s definitely a rollercoaster of emotion and a tough pill to swallow. It’s disappointing that I will not be racing World Cup this year, particularly with the Giant Slalom races that are taking place in Panorama this weekend. I have been racing for over 10 years now and have never had the opportunity to race in Canada,” the 29-year-old Forsyth said in a conference call today.
After a successful summer training season, the 11-year veteran on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team said she re-evaluated her plan to race this season after experiencing pain in her knee while preparing for the opening World Cup season in Soelden, Austria.
“I was training hard and things were going really well over the summer,” said Forsyth. “There was no crash or major impact or any sort. I was training prior to Soelden and I felt severe pain in the knee one morning. I realized right there that something was wrong.”
Forsyth is a five-time World Cup medalist and the 2003 World Alpine Championships bronze medalist in the Giant Slalom.
”Allison has been working extremely hard to overcome this injury. There isn’t another athlete who works as hard as she has over the past almost two years now. Allison is a true leader on and off the snow,” Dr. Christopher Irving, Alpine Canada Alpin’s Medical Director.
Over the summer, Allison took part in the 2007 Tour of Champions, an almost 1000-km bike trip from Lake Louise to Whistler. She also participated in her first snow camp at Whistler, BC with the Ladies speed team as well as spending time at Camp Green on Farnham Glacier.
The TELUS presents Panorama World Cup gets underway with a Giant Slalom on Saturday.
The Pontiac Alpine Ski Series on CBC will have coverage of World Cup ski races in Lake Louise and Panorama starting Saturday at 1 p.m.
BIOGRAPHY – ALLISON FORSYTH