Jan Hudec's back injury could keep him out of Olympics
Calgary native has put up strong results this season
Jan Hudec has endured seven knee injuries in his alpine skiing career, but it's a back injury that could keep him out of the Sochi Olympics.
Hudec is dealing with a slipped disc in his back as the Winter Games draw near.
He won't compete this weekend in Wengen, Switzerland, and it's conceivable he could be off the hill until Sochi.
The Calgary native was just officially named to the Sochi men's alpine team along with long-time teammates Erik Guay and Manny Osborne-Paradis.
Hudec finished second in the super-G at Val Gardena, Italy last month. It was his fifth career World Cup podium, but his first showing in the top 3 in nearly two years.
The result came on the heels of two earlier top 10 finishes near the start of the season.
He won a historic silver at the 2007 world championships in the downhill. At the time it was the best ever finish by a Canadian man at the worlds, with teammates John Kucera and Guay following in the next two years with gold medal efforts.
Hudec couldn't crack the top 20 in both of his races at the Vancouver Olympics, which took place about a year after he suffered one of his more serious knee injuries.
The men's alpine schedule in Sochi starts with a downhill on Feb. 9, with Hudec's other event, the super-G, exactly a week later.
You can watch our live stream of men's skiing from Wengen on Sports Weekend this Sunday. Scott Russell will also have more on Hudec's situation.