lizerouxFrench slalom skier Julien Lizeroux will miss next season.

The double silver medalist from the 2009 World Championships had last season cut short by a knee injury and subsequent operation. An MRI June 6th confirmed he would require a second operation and will miss the 2012 season.

Lizeroux said an MRI in April showed a partial avulsion of his quadricep tendon (above the kneecap) and he had undergone extensive therapy throughout May in an effort to avoid surgery.

“I’ve been in therapy during the month of May to try to avoid surgery,” he said. “I redid an MRI on Monday, June 6, which showed no positive trend compared to previous images. After a visit to the doctor’s, I decided to have surgery Monday, June 20 at the hospital of Lyon Mermoz. It will be a major operation that will involve re-attaching the tendon on the patella, and enhancement of the muscle.”

Lizeroux expects a long recovery period, including two months on crutches followed by two months of rehab. He believes to be able to begin physical training again four months after the operation with serious training only possible after seven months. As a result he does not plan on competing next season but hopes to  be back on the top level for the season 2012/13.

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Hank McKee
Senior Editor
In memoriam: The veteran of the staff, McKee started with Ski Racing in 1980. Over the seasons, he covered virtually every aspect of the sport, from the pro tours to junior racing, freestyle and World Cup alpine competition. He wrote the first national stories for many U.S. team stars, and was still around to report on their retirements. “Longevity has its rewards,” he said, “but it’s a slow process.”



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