While much progress has been made throughout his recovery, U.S. Alpine Skit Team athlete TJ Lanning has chosen to forget about the 2011 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season. Instead, he is focusing his energy into a full and healthy recovery that will lead him into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
According to Team USA news, Lanning expressed how “it just makes more sense for me not to push it again”. Following a crash at the opening World Cup downhill in Lake Louise last season, Lanning fractured his neck as well as dislocated his left knee. “I’m going to make sure I’m 100 percent good-to-go, then get back on skis and just get in a ton of mileage this winter on snow before coming back to racing in 2012. It’s all about being smart and healthy for Sochi.”
TJ has been faced with a number of injuries since 2003. Lake Louise was his first World Cup start since he suffered from a torn ACL in Austria, 2008.
Lanning explained how “it’s been almost five months since my last surgery, so I should be able to move into the biking stage shortly”. TJ will ski on Head upon returning to snow. “Mainly, I’ve been doing therapy daily then staying active by flat water kayaking and stand up paddling. Both are great aerobic activities, but I’m ready to give my legs a little push.”
Following his two weeks in Park City, Utah, Lanning plans to move to Maui for a month to continue rehab, as well as to get his certification in Yoga.