Torn ACL ends Travis Ganong’s season
One of the Truckee-Tahoe area’s most decorated skiers, Travis Ganong, had his season cut short due to injury after crashing on Dec. 28, in Bormio, Italy.
Ganong posted on his Instagram page that he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the crash, which sent him into the net near the bottom of his first downhill run of the day.
“Today was the first time in my career that I crashed into B-net. So yeah now I know what that feels like. Not (too) bad, but in doing so I did tweak my knee and something feels a bit weird,” Ganong posted after the race on Dec. 28.
“I got up and clicked into my ski but when I tried to move my knee gave out on me. I am headed home to get it evaluated and come up with a plan moving forward.”
Ganong would later find out that his season had come to an end after seven World Cup races.
“After flying home and getting an MRI, it is confirmed that I have torn my ACL which unfortunately means my season is over,” Ganong posted on Instagram on Jan. 1.
“Bormio is a bittersweet place for me now as it is where I scored my first World Cup Points, had my first top 10, and where I won my first World Cup DH (in nearby Santa Caterina). However, now it is also the place where I had my first crash after 115 World Cup starts, and the first time that I have hit the B-net, in both training and racing!”
Ganong, 29, finishes his year with 30 World Cup points. His best result came at Lake Louise, Alberta, where he finished in 16th place in super-G. Ganong also took a 17th place in super-G on Dec. 15, at Val Gardena, Italy. He bows out of the year ranked No. 21 in the discipline.
The longtime Squaw Valley skier’s injury comes just weeks before the Feb. 9 opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he’d hoped to represent the U.S.
Ganong was a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team in Sochi, Russia. During those games he finished in fifth place in downhill and 23rd in super-G.
“Having an injury is tough, and I am especially disappointed that this happened (five) weeks before the Olympics in South Korea where I was hoping to represent my country for the second time and fight for medals,” Ganong posted on Instagram on Jan. 1. “Now my next (six) months will obviously be very different to those of a World Cup skier, but I am excited for this new challenge and I am looking forward to re-setting, re-motivating, and working harder than ever to come back even stronger than I am now.”