Image Credit: USSA / Reese Brown

The U.S. Ski Team’s Laurenne Ross—a World Cup athlete who specializes in the speed events—was injured in a brutal crash on Monday. The skier was competing in the ladies’ U.S. National Championship giant slalom at Sugarloaf Resort in Maine.

After being taken off the hill in a sled, Ross had sustained an unspecified injury to her right knee. According to Ross, further evaluation by doctors is needed before a full diagnosis can be made and she will be off skis for at least the next couple of months.

“I crossed so many finish lines this year — some with a smile and some without — but as I look back I can breathe deeply, because I have no regrets,” she wrote on her Instagram page. “It was a season for learning, for friendship, and for ambition. I had many ups and downs, but am so thankful to have made it this far in my career with all the love and support that surrounds me. I will tack this on to my list of injuries, move on, and come back stronger.

Ross skied to a super-G National Championship title just days earlier. She also had a strong World Cup season, ending up with a ninth-place ranking in downhill and a 17th-place ranking in super-G. Her best World Cup result of the season was Jeongseon, South Korea in the Olympic test event downhill, where she finished just off the podium in fourth place.

Ross is optimistic about her recovery and hopes to be back to full strength in time to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Olympic team.

After a fun and wonderful season I am so sad to announce that yesterday, at US Nationals, I sustained an injury to my right knee. Further analysis is required to figure out exactly what is wrong, but I will not be skiing for at least the next couple months. I will keep you all updated when the time comes. I crossed so many finish lines this year — some with a smile and some without — but as I look back I can breathe deeply, because I have no regrets. It was a season for learning, for friendship, and for ambition. I had many ups and downs, but am so thankful to have made it this far in my career with all the love and support that surrounds me. I will tack this on to my list of injuries, move on, and come back stronger. I can’t wait to step up to the challenges that lay ahead of me, and I couldn’t do it without all of your support. Thank-you so much for being there, through thick and through thin, through the wins, the losses, the injuries, and the joy ? I will be back ?

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Gabbi Hall
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- A California native, Gabbi moved to Vermont to ski on the NCAA circuit for St. Michael’s College, where she served as team captain and studied journalism. Before joining Ski Racing, she worked as a broadcast TV producer and social media manager in higher education. She can be reached via email at gabbi@skiracing.com
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