List of 5 2014 Winter Olympic Athletes Who Have Had Knee Injuries
For many athletes, the Olympics mark a high point in their career. Whether it’s winning a medal or simply competing at the top level of their sport, the Olympics offer the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream. As athletes, they accept that the potential for injury is a significant reality. Some athletes manage to escape major injuries in the course of their athletic careers. Others, however, are less fortunate, and do sustain one or more major injuries. Sometimes, the intensity of their training or competition results in injuries, which require surgery and rehabilitation to recover from.
Because the knees are especially vulnerable to ligament and cartilage damage, these types of accidents are among the most common types of injuries facing athletes in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Here are five of the top competitors who will either be returning to competition after having knee injuries, or unfortunately sitting out this time around.
American ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson underwent reconstructive knee surgery back in August after her MCL was separated from the bone, her ACL was completely torn, and her meniscus was severely damaged. In 2012, the year before, Hendrickson also suffered knee damage and had to undergo cartilage repair surgery. The good news, however, is that she has recovered from these serious injuries and plans on competing in the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The talented Lindsey Vonn is among some of the most elite competitors in women’s alpine skiing. In addition to winning six straight World Cup skiing titles, four straight Super G titles, and three straight titles in the combined skiing event, she has also taken home gold and bronze medals from past Olympics. In 2013, however, Vonn crashed during training at the Alpine Skiing World Cup and suffered a partial ACL tear in her right knee. In January she announced that she would not be recovered enough from this most recent injury to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Canadian snowboarder Roz Groenewoud is well on the road to recovery in time for the Olympics. She recently won the silver medal in SuperPipe at the 2013 X Games, following double knee surgery to repair meniscus damage affecting both knees.
As goaltender for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, Jimmy Howard had planned on joining the USA hockey team at the 2014 Olympics. Howard missed several weeks in December after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee. However, a re-injury to the same knee in late January recently kept him out of competition for a week. While still on schedule to return to compete with Team USA in time for the Olympics, the knee injury has remained a factor for Howard and the US Olympic team.
American alpine skier Bode Miller is already a five-time Olympic medalist. As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics draw closer, however, the thirty-six year old finds himself recovering from multiple knee surgeries. He had previously suffered a torn ACL in 2001, and Miller spent most of 2013 trying to get back on form after a subsequent knee injury which required a more recent surgical procedure. His hard work appears to have paid off, as just recently, he was named for the fifth time to the USA Olympic skiing team, and will be competing in February in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Contact a Los Angeles Knee Surgeon
Olympians aren’t alone in suffering knee injuries. Athletes and people of all types may suffer damage to the ligaments, cartilage, and bones of the knee. Steven W. Meier, M.D. is an expert in treating orthopedic injuries using a strategic combination of surgical and/or non-surgical techniques, and can help you try to get back to your favorite activities. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Meier, please contact us today by calling 310.736.2793 or through our contact form.
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