Concussions, compound fractures, comas -traumatic injuries rate as business as usual for modern-day elite ski racers. As such, Vanderbeek is calling on the International Ski Federation (FIS) to safeguard the health and safety of the competitors on the World Cup circuit.
Immediately. “Athletes right now are suffering consequences they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives,” says VanderBeek, a member of the Canadian Alpine team. “We’re seeing injuries that are so severe now. It’s just not fair to ask this of athletes. We know there are risks, but we’ve gone too far.
With that in mind, Alpine Canada will host a two-day safety summit this week aimed at reducing the dangers of ski racing. Starting Tuesday, athletes, coaches, doctors, equipment specialists and other ski racing experts will gather at Canada Olympic Park in the name of injury prevention.