World Cup Slalom Champion Jean-Baptiste Grange out for season with Fanara and Dalcin

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 8, 2009 7:35 pm

Say it ain’t so. Another World Cup Champion is out for the ski season (World Champion Canadian John Kucera broke his leg at Lake Louise) , and will miss his chance for a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

French slalom star Jean Baptiste Grange was examined at a Lyon hospital today, and doctors found he has a ruptured knee ligament. “My season is over,” Grange told the BBC.

The 25 year-old skier felt pain in his right knee on Sunday, during the Beaver Creek World Cup GS race and today doctors confirmed that the injury can’t be ignored. “He requires surgery. He felt a crack on the fifth gate of the giant slalom and as a precautionary measure didn’t start the second,” French coach David Chastan said.

Unfortunately, Grange isn’t the only injured athlete on the French Ski Team. According to a statement released today, GS specialist Thomas Fanara did in fact injure his knee after his spectacular fall at Beaver Creek, and Super G competitor Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin injured his knee on the same hill, as well. Both Fanara and Dalcin will miss the Olympic Games, along with Grange.

The rest of the World Cup athletes are becoming weary of the growing bench roster. World Cup Champion Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal commented on the recent spate of injuries in his blog: “‘In two weeks of intense world cup racing in North America, racers have sustained the following… 7 torn ACL´s , 4 knee ligaments, 1 k arm, 1 broken leg, 1 broken neck, 1 concussion, 1 dislocated knee, 1 dislocated shoulder……………Is that OK??’  This is from Hans Olsson’s facebook status. And now it looks like we can add Jean-Baptiste Grange to that list. That is not ok,” Svindal wrote. “Hard to see exactly what could be changed, there will always be risk involved. But one thing that I don’t like is when skiers get injured without doing mistakes. In Beaver Creek the landings on a few of the jumps were so hard and tough that racers injured themselves just from the impact of the landing even though they landed on their skis. Don’t get me wrong, the crew in Beaver Creek did a fantastic job on the race hill. But I think sometimes they misjudge the speed we are able to carry through the turns. It sucks to get injured in an Olympic season and I hope everyone that experienced trouble this year has the motivation to get back on the tour.”

We, too, hope that everyone remains healthy for the rest of the season, so athletes can continue to compete and the World’s stage is as strong and exciting as it should be.