On January 11, 2020, the French speed specialist, Adrien Theaux, crashed during downhill training and tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the right knee as well as fractured his external condyle (the lower end of the femur) and the internal tibial plateau.
Unfortunately for the 35-year-old, this meant his season was over. Coming into January, he already had five top 10 finishes under his belt – a ninth-place in the Lake Louise super G and downhill, another ninth place in the Beaver Creek downhill, a tenth place finish in Val Gardena, and an eighth-place finish in Bormio.
Theaux had to take some time for his fractures to consolidate prior to operating, hence the long wait. On February 19th, after the operation, he starts the road to recovery.