Steamboat Springs U.S. Ski Team member Caroline Lalive was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday after suffering an injury to her right leg last week while training in Pitztal, Austria.
The crash occurred Oct. 16 while Lalive was training for the super-G event. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee and is expected to miss the entire 2007-08 season.
After the crash, Lalive was immediately flown to the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail for evaluation.
Lalive, 28, had recently returned to the U.S. Ski Team after a long layoff and recovery. Lalive suffered a major injury to her left knee prior to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Italy. She has spent the past year and a half rehabilitating her knee while living, working and going to school in Steamboat Springs. She attended classes at Colorado Mountain College and has worked as a coach with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. She returned to the U.S. Ski Team in the spring and was training with the World Cup speed team.
"This summer was the best few months that I have ever had in my 12 years with the U.S. Ski Team," Lalive wrote in e-mail. "I so enjoyed being back with the team. The girls and coaches were so supportive of my comeback, and it was a delight to simply ski again. The overall experience was so positive that it rejuvenated my entire being."
That comeback was cut short last week.
"It was a sickening feeling knowing that once again I would face surgery, months of rehabilitation and that I would miss another season," Lalive wrote. "This has been a very hard blow to my entire being, and I so appreciate everyone that has already rallied around me. I am not sure where my path will go from here, but I do know that I am trying to simply take things one day at a time. I am broken-hearted and pray that I will continue to see the light at the end of the tunnel."
Lalive said prior to her most recent crash, her left knee had been responding well to the training load and overall skiing. She said it was an incredible and difficult journey back to the slopes, but she does not regret a minute of it.
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