American skier TJ Lanning announced today that he will not be competing in the 2011 World Cup season to focus on rehabilitating his neck and left knee, which he injured at the Lake Louise World Cup downhill in November.
In a news release, Lanning said that it makes sense “for me not to push it again,” and instead will go to Maui to continue his recovery and work on his yoga certification. According to his Twitter page (@TheLanning), Lanning underwent successful surgery on his ACL on January 26th.
One of the country’s best speed skiers, Lanning’s was once ranked number one in his age group for slalom and super G. However, his career has been hampered by several injuries ever since he suffered a torn meniscus in Switzerland in 2003.
He had just finished recovering from surgery on both knees when he crashed at Lake Louise. After a light snowfall made the course perhaps a little bit stinkier, Lanning lost control at over 90 mph, briefly went airborne and hurtled into the orange guard fence (see video).
Lanning’s announcement deals a major blow to the US national team, which was counting on his speed specialty before the crash occurred.