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Just before World Championships in Are, Sweden, the United State’s Laurenne Ross took a hard crash during training warm-ups, putting her out for the rest of the season. For a while, the true damage was inconclusive. MRI results didn’t show significant damage, but Ross knew that something was wrong. After seven weeks of uncertainty, Ross made a decision to go under the knife to discover what the clicking, catching, and swelling in her knee was all about.

Unfortunately for Ross, the scope revealed there was more damage to her knee than expected. Both Ross’ LCL and meniscus had been torn and were in need of repair. Her tibula-fibula joint also needed reconstruction. The concussion she received during the same crash has been well monitored, and as of last week, her brain has been deemed healthy.

In her Instagram update regarding the injury, Ross wrote:

“Coming back strong from an injury is not just a matter of physical fitness, but also one of emotional resilience. My mental health is as important to me as my physical health, so in order to make a strong recovery, I know I need to take my time and take care of my body as well as my mind. And that’s my plan for this injury! I am already desperate to get back on my feet (and do fun things) and get strong, but in order to get back to full health, I know I need to commit to the quality of my recovery. Inside and out.
Each day is a small step, and I’m taking it as it comes.”

So far, Ross has not expanded on her plans to return to the World Cup circuit next season.

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Hey guys! So after a few weeks of being incognito due to some uncertainties about my knee, I'm back with an update 😬: The past seven weeks have been a bit of a struggle, as I felt that there was something wrong with my knee but the MRI's showed no significant damage. Regardless of the MRI outcomes, I was having some persistent clicking, catching and swelling that needed to be addressed with at least a scope. So I went under the knife on Tuesday. They found that both my LCL and meniscus were torn and needed to be repaired. My tib-fib joint also needed to be reconstructed…so it ended up being a bit of a more extensive surgery than anticipated 💁 It's been almost 2 years exactly since I had my other knee repaired. This one isn't nearly as severe, but I'm back on the rehab train again! After a check-up with the neurologist last week, my brain seems to be functioning well. This is a huge relief as I have also been dealing with a concussion caused by the same crash in Åre. Now that I know my brain is healthy, I can turn to focus on my knee… That being said, through many recoveries from various injuries over the years, I've learned a few things along the way. Coming back strong from an injury is not just a matter of physical fitness, but also one of emotional resilience. My mental health is as important to me as my physical health, so in order to make a strong recovery, I know I need to take my time and take care of my body as well as my mind. And that's my plan for this injury! I am already desperate to get back on my feet (and do fun things) and get strong, but in order to get back to full health I know I need to commit to the quality of my recovery. Inside and out. Each day is a small step, and I'm taking it as it comes🚶‍♀️ Thank-you for all of your support and kindness through this journey of ups and downs! And thanks to all the doctors who've helped me figure this injury out, for taking care of me in a pinch, and for making sure I have the best care 👩‍⚕️ stay tuned for more of this crazy journey #backontheroadtorecovery

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Mackenzie Moran
Staff Writer
- Born and raised in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Mackenzie grew up ski racing all over the Mitten.​ When s​he moved out west in search of mountains, she attended the University of Oregon, where she achieved degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science. She raced USCSA and was captain of the UO Alpine Ski Team. She currently resides in Salt Lake City and serves as the Women's World Cup Staff Writer for Ski Racing Media.
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