Ski Jumping

CBC Sports - Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 14:27 ET

Alex Pretorius, ski jumper, withdraws from Sochi Olympics with knee injury

Torn ligament to keep her from historic debut

Alexandra Pretorius

Alexandra Pretorius has re-injured her knee and won't compete at the Winter Olympics. (Photo: Ski jumping Canada)

Ski jumper Alexandra Pretorius has been forced to withdraw from the Sochi Olympics after re-injuring her left knee during a pre-Olympic training camp in Whistler, B.C.

"Despite all my hard work a recent event has resulted in a tragic re-injured knee which will not recover in time for Sochi," Pretorius said. “Although this is heartbreaking news I will be cheering on all Canadians and I look forward to having my chance at the next Winter Olympic Games."

Pretorius, 18, first tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in that knee in July during training in Courchevel, France. She had surgery to repair it in August and was on track to recovery when the re-injury occurred, the Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement, released Sunday. 

Female ski jumpers lost a bid to have their sport included in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee announced on April 6, 2011, that it would début in Sochi.

The first women's event is set for Feb. 11. Atsuko Tanaka and Taylor Henrich, of Calgary, are still scheduled to compete.

Pretorius, who is also from Calgary, was named to the Olympic team just one week ago and was looking forward to the Games.

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