Thompson recovering after knee surgery

Also in briefs: Semenuk successful at Rampage, Hopkins completes XTERRA world championship triathlon, WYSC holds annual gala

Whistler ski cross racer Marielle Thompson is back home recovering from successful knee surgery following a crash during pre-season training in Saas Fee, Switzerland two weeks ago.

 “The past two weeks have flown by,” wrote the reigning Olympic gold medallist in a Facebook post on Monday (Oct. 30), accompanied by a photo of her training — knee brace and all — at the Whistler Athletes Centre gym.

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According to Alpine Canada, Thompson fell after overshooting a jump during a training run. After an initial assessment at a Switzerland hospital, she flew back to Canada the following day for further testing and an MRI at Canada Diagnostics in Vancouver to confirm the resulting injury.

“(The) results came in and it turned out being what the doctors and my physio suspected,” Thompson wrote of her ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL).

The world’s number one ranked female ski cross athlete added, “(it) took a few days figuring out a plan, had surgery and my surgeon said it went very well, and now I’ve started my recovery at the gym!”

The injury was undoubtedly a devastating blow to the skier ahead of the fast-approaching 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea.

“A BIG thanks to everyone who played a role in these past few weeks and to the people who sent me messages of encouragement!” she added.

Semenuk takes fourth in Red Bull Rampage

Local freeride mountain biking star Brandon Semenuk couldn’t manage to defend his winning title at the Red Bull Rampage, earning fourth place at the contest in Virgin, Utah on Saturday (Oct. 28)

Despite earning a score of 89.66, the 2016 event’s winner fell short to Nelson, B.C.’s Kurt Sorge in first. Americans Cam Zink and Ethan Nell placed second and third, respectively, while fellow Canadian Brett Rheeder rounded out the top five in the invitation -only competition. Dubbed the world’s premier freeride mountain bike event, this year marked the competition’s 12th edition.

Sorge’s win also made him the first-ever rider to win the Rampage three times. To stream the entire competition, head to redbull.com.

Whistlerite races in XTERRA World Championship

Local triathlete Trevor Hopkins successfully completed the Xterra World Championship racecourse in Kapalua, Hawaii on Sunday (Oct. 29).

He finished with a time of three hours, 50 minutes and 21 seconds to earn 298th place among the race’s 700 competitors. He also finished 47th in his men’s 45-49 age category.

Held each year on the island of Maui, the off-road triathlon is comprised of a 1.5-kilometre ocean swim — major waves included — followed by a 32-kilometre mountain bike portion and a 10.5-kilometre run course that includes both forest trail and beach sand surfaces. Sunday’s race was the 22nd edition of the triathlon, for while prospective competitors can qualify through 42 races in 33 countries.

Whistler Youth Soccer Club hosts annual gala on Saturday

The Whistler Youth Soccer Club is gearing up for another event to celebrate “the beautiful game,” all while raising money for the local club.

The annual gala is set to take place at the Whistler Conference Centre on Saturday evening (Nov. 4) between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. The event will be a family friendly affair, with a kids entertainer booked to participate in the music and dancing that will follow the sit-down dinner.

The event will feature a silent auction and raffle prizes from community sponsors.

All of the club’s players and coaches will receive a free ticket to the event, though they must be pre-booked in order to attend. Friends and family members are invited to attend with the purchase of a ticket, although kids must be accompanied by a parent, as well.

Tickets cost $50 for adults 14 years or older, $25 for youth aged four to 13 years, and free of charge for children under three.

To purchase tickets, visit whistlersoccer.com. For more information, email whistlersoccer@hotmail.com or call 604-902-0400.

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