Ted Ligety Injures Knee

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 2, 2009 12:03 am


Olympic gold medalist and World Cup ski star Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) suffered a knee injury this past Saturday during downhill training at the 2009 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Alyeska. Unlike the volcano, Ligety’s knee injury wasn’t a huge explosion. The athlete will have to spend several weeks healing in a knee brace, but team officials are optimistic about his recovery.

According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Richard Quincy, Ligety damaged his medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, and bruised the bone. But the more commonly injured anterior cruciate ligament menisci were both fine. At this time, no surgery is expected.

"I feel pretty fortunate that it’s not as bad as it could be," Ligety said. "At this point, I’m just going to rest and recuperate in Park City. I’ll have regular check-ups and will hopefully be able to get back into preparing for the Olympic season in the not too distant future."



photo: USSA