Jan Hudec to miss final World Cup race due to back injury
1st Canadian Olympic alpine skier to win a medal in 20 years hurt in training
Olympic super-G bronze medallist Jan Hudec of Canada will sit out the final World Cup race of the season following a back injury he suffered in training last week in Austria.
Hudec became the first Canadian skier to climb an Olympic podium in 20 years when he took super-G bronze in Sochi, but he missed out on Wednesday’s downhill and will skip Thursday’s super-G races at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
The 32-year-old Calgarian, who had two top-10 results on the season, will return home on Friday to receive treatment for his injury and is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.
“The Olympics ignited a flame within me. To come away from the Games with that experience motivates me to keep going and keep on racing,” Hudec said in a release.
“I know there’s a lot more in me and there are things I want to achieve in this sport. When I’m healthy, that’s when I get excited to race, so I’m looking forward to building on this season and coming back healthy.”
Hudec is no stranger to injuries, having suffered through seven knee surgeries before a separate back injury slowed his start to this season.
“If all goes well with the back, I could return to training as early as May,” Hudec said. “I’ll have more time to prepare for the season and hope to come back stronger.