When Ryan Semple crashed through two fences in World Cup downhill training run this week, it was simply more bad news for a Canadian ski team that has suffered a slew of injuries this season.
The Ottawa native is out for the season after tearing knee ligaments Thursday.
Semple feels fortunate his injury — a second-degree tear of the medial collateral ligament and slight tear of the anterior cruciate ligament — won't require surgery. But it leaves the Canadian team down another body.
"This year it's been pretty bad," Semple said of the team's mounting injuries. "It's hard to put your finger on a reason because you can look at each crash and there's different reasons for it.
"It's just unfortunate that they're all piling up at the same time, it's pretty tough for the spirit of the team, but the guys here are pushing hard. They're looking good for [Saturday's race]."
Canadian teammate Eric Guay missed an event earlier this month with a sore back, but bounced back to finish second in Friday's World Cup training run behind Austrian skier Michael Walchhofer.
Francois Bourque (knee), Jan Hudec (broken hand), Louis-Pierre Helie (concussion, knee), and Kelly McBroom (broken ankle) have all been sidelined with injuries.
Women's veteran Kelly VanderBeek was never able to compete this season, needing more surgery for the knee injury that prevented her from racing at last year's Vancouver Olympics.
Semple's crash happened on a blind turn on a narrow section about three quarters of the way down the course.
"You get a bit of air and my line was a little bit off," Semple said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. "I was already in the air and I realized I landed a foot from the fence and basically went right into it. There was nothing I could do, it happened so fast.
"I went through two fences and stopped in four feet. I probably hit my head on the snow and my knee obviously got jolted somehow."
Semple, who was 15th in the super combined at the Vancouver Olympics, said the injury wasn't the worst of his career — he's had two hip surgeries.
"In terms of a knee injury, I think this was the best scenario I could have had, not needing surgery and what I hurt in particular," he said. "But the timing was bad because it was right in the middle of the season, right before the world championships, and there's no hope for racing this year."
The 28-year-old was on pace to qualify for next month's world championships at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He needed two top-12 finishes to qualify, and had an 11th-place finish last weekend.
"I'll just have to get healthy and get better for next season," Semple said.
Semple was scheduled to fly home Saturday.