Canadian halfpipe skier Matt Margetts has decided to represent his country in the 2014 Olympics despite a torn ACL. Though he missed both his last Olympic qualifier and the X Games, Margetts is determined to go for gold.
“As you may or may not know, I tore my ACL Friday Jan 17th when I crashed on a dub cork 12 my second run at the Park City, Utah Grand Prix. I flew home Saturday and unfortunately had to miss the last Olympic qualifier and X Games,” Margetts wrote on his Facebook page.
With only 3 weeks of time between his injury and the opening day of the Olympic games, Margetts has done everything possible to prepare his knee for the event.
He continued with, “I found out I made the Canadian Olympic Team Sunday night. I saw Dr. McCormack and started physio with Mark at Gastown Physio Monday, I got an MRI and confirmed with the doc I had blown my knee Tuesday. I bought a road bike and got a Game Ready Wednesday. I got a brace fitted Thursday. I went to physio, iced my knee, and road my bike everyday. I almost killed my girlfriend and spent the whole day in the hospital with her Tuesday. I left for our pre Olympic training camp in Tignes, France Wednesday. Yesterday I got my brace and today was my first day back on skis in the pipe. The weather was s*** but it is pretty cool that I now know that I am going to be able to compete in the Olympics with a blown knee.”
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