Curling coach’s health crisis hits at tough time
Caleb Flaxey is completely gutted.
It has been an awful week for the two teams he is coaching in the Canadian Olympic curling trials and he somehow feels responsible.
“I understand it was out of my control, it was a health thing, but for it to happen during this week, I’m truly devastated, heartbroken to have put both teams in that situation.”
Flaxey arrived at the Olympic trials Nov. 30 to work as coach for both his wife Allison’s team and the Brad Jacobs team.
The 34-year-old was feeling good despite being just a few weeks removed from hipreplacement surgery.
He has had Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a degenerative hip disorder, since he was a child. His hip became so arthritic he needed surgery.
On Friday, he noticed his incision, which had been completely sealed, was opening up again. He called his surgeon, who suspected a possible infection and told Flaxey to get back to the North York General Hospital in Toronto as quickly as possible.
He flew out Sunday and later that day was in surgery again, having the parts from the original hip replacement replaced.
He’s dealing with pain, walking at about 60 per cent and carrying a heavy load. He is terribly upset about the timing of the situation, which left his wife with more on her mind than she needed during the biggest event of her curling life.
Allison’s team is 0-7, while things haven’t been much better with the Jacobs foursome, which was 2-4 heading into an evening draw game against Mike McEwen.
“I love both teams and for an event that happens once every four years, for it to happen right now, is so unfortunate,” Flaxey said.