Olivier Rochon, aerials skier, ends Olympic dream
Tore ACL on Monday, needs surgery
Freestyle aerials skier Olivier Rochon, of Quebec City, has ended his season — and his Olympic dream — after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Monday.
"It's with great regret and sadness that I have to tell you that my season and my Olympic dream for this season is [sic] over," Rochon, 23, wrote on his Facebook page.
"I am very sad, I will have to get through it and stay positive."
The injury occurred while Rochon was free skiing with teammates in Apex, B.C., after a training session. While skiing through powder he lost his balance, hit a bump and heard a pop. Rochon calls it "pure bad luck."
“I will get through this,” he said. “Next year are World Championships and I plan on being on the podium.”
Rochon, who had surgery to repair a hernia on his left side in May, called Monday's injury "crushing."
“I want to thank everybody for the support they have given me and believing in my dream and being part of it everyday of my life," Rochon wrote. "This is not over. It is only another obstacle I have to step over.
"Giving up is not something I go by, succeeding and winning and being the best at what I do is what I know.”
Rochon's coach Daniel Murphy remains positive knowing how well his athlete has dealt with adversity in the past.
“It’s a disappointment,” said Murphy, “but he’s overcome so many things to get here, I have no doubt he’ll be back in full training mode in no time.”
Rochon will release more details on his rehabilitation plans next week once the medical team has determined the best protocol.
He hopes to continue his success in aerials and represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Games.
In 2012, Rochon won the world overall title in men’s aerials.