Jenna Blasman, slopestyle snowboarder, suffers gruesome injury
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Canadian snowboard athletes are gearing up for their last chance to qualify for the Olympic Games in Sochi. The annual Snow Jamboree kicked off on Thursday in Stoneham, Que., and is the final contest before the Canadian Olympic Team announces the snowboard roster on Jan 21.
For Jenna Blasman of Kicthener, Ont., the weekend is already off to a shaky start. The 19-year-old is vying for a spot behind Spencer O’Brien on the slopestyle team. On Wednesday during a training run in icy conditions, Blasman fell dislocating and fracturing her wrist.
“The doctor just popped it back into place which was a little painful,” said Blasman. “He put a cast on it and I’ll have that for about six weeks. I can’t believe this happened. Just my luck.”
Despite the setback, Blasman was all smiles and remains positive about her Olympic dream.
“It’s pretty painful but I mean it’s really not that bad,” she said laughing. “You see so many injuries in this sport and the ones that are really bad are the ones that make you not ride and it’s an arm so I’m good to go.
“I’m so happy that it’s just my wrist that got injured so I can fully ride. I got the okay from the doctors so I’m just crossing my fingers that I can make it to Sochi. I’ll ride with a broken arm if I have to.”
On Friday, Blasman is scheduled to compete in slopestyle qualifications. The doctor has given her the go ahead to ride but she has yet to make a final decision.
“I’m just going to see how the conditions are, how I’m feeling and how everyone else is riding and just make the decision based on all that,” she said.
The opportunity to compete in Sochi is something she’s still trying to wrap her head around. And if all goes well this weekend, she should be on her way.
“Oh my god. I’ve never actually dreamed of something like this,” said Blasman.
“It just kind of popped up out of nowhere and it would be such an honour to ride with girls that I’ve looked up to for so long. It would just be unreal.”