Freestyle Skiing

CBC Sports - Thursday Dec. 19, 2013 09:12 ET

Roz Groenewoud, halfpipe skier, has knee surgery

Vows to be ready for Winter Olympics

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Roz Groenewoud, halfpipe, highlighted her 2013 season winning World Cup finals in Sierra Nevada, Spain. The 2011 World Champion sat out most of this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her knees. She has since returned to snow and is ready to challenge for a medal in Sochi. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadian halfpipe specialist Roz Groenewoud underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday, but still expects to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. 

The 2012 X-Games champion and 2011 world champion anticipates a complete recovery in four to six weeks. 

"It wasn't my plan to have knee surgery this close to the Olympics," she said. "I can't wait to have two fully functional knees and ski without pain.

"No one said this Road to Sochi would be easy. But luckily, I like challenges."

Groenewoud, from Calgary, injured her left knee in training ahead of last week's Dew Tour event at Colorado, but still managed to qualify for Canada's Olympic team with a 10th-place finish. 

Groenewoud was already experiencing discomfort in her right knee, so decided have both joints scoped at the same time.

"The menisci problems of both knees put her at risk for more severe injuries," said consulting surgeon Dr. Mark Heard.

"I'm very optimistic about a speedy recovery," Heard added, noting that Groenewoud has "two very healthy knees in all other respects, plus good leg strength and body mechanics."

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