Things get from bad to worse for Canadian Olympic ski team

The horrid streak of injuries continued this week for the Canadian Olympic ski team, as three skiers fell during training in France over the last week, joining John Kucera whose season ended in November.

Last weekend, Ste-Flavie, Quebec native Jean-Philippe Roy hurt his right knee in Val d’Isere, France. The 30-year-old has since had season-ending surgery as a result.

On Wednesday Owen Sound native Larisa Yurkiw fell during a downhill run in Val d’Isere while training for an upcoming World Cup race. The 21-year-old injured her left knee and will be out for the season, according to a Canadian team doctor.

On Thursday at the same French ski area, Kitchener native Kelly VanderBeek took a tumble training for the same event. The 26-year-old was reportedly taken off the hill on a stretcher with her leg in a splint, and her prognosis is not yet sure.

This all happens after teammate John Kucera fractured his leg during a World Cup race in Canada in November.

“I don’t know the crazy percentage of knee injuries we have in this sport, but the timing of it, with the Olympics being so near, makes this especially tough to bear,” Canadian Downhill specialist Emily Brydon told Agence France Presse.

Canada is hosting the Winter Olympics this Frebruary in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia.

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