For many Elan athletes, this season will also be remembered for the unfortunate aspects of the sport that are endured by many racers each season. Ski Cross is a high risk event and injuries can happen during a competition or training, and are considered an occupational hazard that comes with being an elite athlete.
All three skiers who were on the podium last season have suffered injuries this season, some serious and some less serious. Reigning world champion Kevin Drury ended his season in December after crashing in qualifications in Val Thornes. Last year's silver medalist, Ryan Regez, broke his hand during a training run. Brady Leman crashed at the World Cup in Georgia. Fortunately, the Canadian anticipates his rehabilitation will be quick, since he won't need surgery. Zach Belczyk, Courteny Hoffos, Tim Hronek, Abby McEwen, Niklas Bachsleitner, Marc Bischofberger and Henrik Lunde also joined the list of injured athletes.
"Brit, with her incredible will and dedication, started rehabilitation as soon as she left the operating room. She has been doing more and more ski training lately. Her knee is withstanding all pressure,... I have no doubt that she will return even stronger for the Olympic season. I hope that all our competitors will recover quickly and prepare as well as possible for the Olympic season." Blaž Lazar, Elan racing team manager.