Calgary Herald

McIvor’s ski cross season finished with ACL tear

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Canadian ski cross racer Ashleigh McIvor is out for the season, after suffering a serious knee injury on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old from Whistler, B.C., will require surgery on her left knee, after suffering a suspected torn ACL during training in Aspen, Col., for this week’s Winter X Games.

“I’ve definitely seen better days, but things could be much worse,” said McIvor. “I just have to keep it all in perspectiv­e. I don’t have a head injury, and I don’t have a spinal injury. This will heal and I’ll be back. It’s all part of the game.”

McIvor captured the gold medal at last February’s Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler, as ski cross made its Olympic debut. She was the 2009 world champion and has stepped on the World Cup podium 11 times. She won silver at last year’s X Games.

“I was really excited to run the course here in Aspen,” said McIvor. “It’s always the biggest and burliest on the circuit. I’m so glad I got one flight in off the massive last jump before hurting myself on a smaller jump that I hadn’t even thought to be scared of. I just came into this triple a little too hot and overshot it, landing way out on the flats.”

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