INJURIES FOR SOME WORLD CUP STARS – LATEST UPDATES
Since our last Waterski World Cup Stop in Dubna, Russia, a great deal has happened in the lives of our athletes. As is often the case in major international competition, injuries are part of the mix no matter how good the preparations. As we now approach our next World Cup Stop in Liuzhou, China on October 1/3, some will have to miss this next World Cup adventure.
The current two-time Ladies World Jump Champion, Ageliki Andriopoulou GRE, has had an ongoing knee problem for some time which came to a head after the 2009 Calgary World Championships. The good news is that she has already had successful surgery and expects to be back to full fitness and ready for a busy 2010 World Cup season. On the other hand, Marie Vympranietsova GRE was not quite so fortunate. She had a bad Jump crash at the Calgary World Championships and this spoiled her Worlds Finals. Having won the World Cup silver medal in Dubna Russia earlier this season, she is now awaiting knee surgery and also hopes to have this completed soon. Again, she hopes to be back to full strength and ready for our 2010 World Cup season. We wish both these great athletes a speedy recovery
Our World Cup Shortboard Stars, Nicolas LeForestier FRA and Olivier Fortamps BEL have also had injury challenges. Following a very bad arm injury in 2008, Nicolas LeForestier made a good early recovery this season but had a setback in mid-summer with a knee injury. His treatment continues and he is having a special knee brace designed to get him back to some high scoring toe-holds in the 2010 world Cup season – or sooner ! Olivier Fortamps BEL has had two major events to cope with this season – and injury plus a wedding – his own ! By all accounts, the wedding was a great day and his knee injury is healing well. Congratulations Olivier and we wish both you and Nicolas a very speedy recovery.