World Champion Nicole Hosp blames Soelden course for injury

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on October 26, 2009 10:16 pm

Nicole Hosp had surgery to repair her ACL after a crash on the first run of the first race of the World Cup Season.  The 25-year-old was the last overall World Cup winner not named Lindsey Vonn.  A silver medalist in Turin and a World Champion in ’07, now one of Austria’s best will miss the Vancouver Winter Olympics.  Undoubtedly a bitter pill to swallow, and on Monday, both coach and his star athlete were not happy with the course on which Hosp was injured.

Emerging from season-ending surgery, Hosp told the AP, “Soelden could have been set slower for sure. Maybe there will be a rethinking after all the severe injuries.”

Herbert Mandl, head coach of the Austrian women’s ski team, also called for slower course settings, telling AP, “We have to slow down the pace by the course setting, braking is very difficult on today’s equipment.  It’s difficult to find the right thing to do.  The technical developments in skiing are definitely positive, however, in racing they are dangerous.”

On ice-injected hills, race speeds and g-forces have taken a quantum leap forward with the rapid advancement in ski technology.  The strain placed on racers’ joints is more than ever. 

Lindsey Vonn’s game plan at Soelden was to avoid injury, but still ski well enough to finish in the top 10.  Mission accomplished.  Vonn did not attack the course full throttle.  On the variable early season snow up on the Rettenbach glacier at Soelden, Hosp’s injury highlighted Vonn’s justifiable concerns and solid strategy.

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