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Injured Canadian standouts finally back on snow after last year's knee injuries

Injured Canadian standouts finally back on snow after last year’s knee injuries{mosimage}The men of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team are on snow at Zermatt, Switzerland, and the team has announced that two young standouts — Erik Guay and Jan Hudec — are back on the slopes after a long recovery from knee injury.

With months of rehabilitation behind them (and more to come) Guay and Hudec got their feet on snow at a ski camp in Zermatt, Switzerland — making their first turns since ACL injuries knocked them out of competition early last season.

Hard work and determination by both athletes has helped make their recovery a success. With the help of their respected physiotherapists Guay and Hudec have come along way to preparing them for this up-coming World Cup season. July 28 was their first day on snow. “Today was one of my best days on snow,” said Guay. “It is such a great feeling to be back’.

Coach Burkhart Schaffer was very pleased to see the two athletes back on snow. ‘I’m happy to see the guys on snow again, the two racers have been missed and will bring some confidence back into the program,” he said.

Guay had two sensation races last November at home in Canada. He finished second and sixth in two World Cups at Lake Louise (he only had cracked to top 10 once before in his young career).

Schaffer explained that Zermatt has been very supportive of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team by providing the athletes and coaches with excellent on and off snow training facilities.

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