Knee surgeries for Aspen racers
Two members of the U.S. Ski Team with ties to Aspen are sidelined with knee injuries.
The U.S. Ski Team announced that Katie Monahan of Aspen and Alex Shaffer of Park City, Utah (formerly of Aspen) both are out following knee surgeries.
Both had capped their best season last year by winning gold medals at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Utah.
Shaffer was injured in a mid-race mishap in the opening World Cup race of the season, ski team officials said.
Monahan was injured in training.
The two skiers are suffering from a similar, but somewhat unusual injury. Both are suffering from condryle lesion, where the protective surface has broken away from the bone.
They have undergone microfracture surgery to stimulate healing in the area.
Not categorized as traumatic injuries, they nonetheless require time to heal, according to ski team officials.
Shaffer returned home after surgery last week by U.S. Ski Team surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail.
Monahan is recuperating at home following surgery by Dr. Mark Purnell of Aspen.
Shaffer, the slalom and giant slalom champion from the U.S. Nationals last March, also suffered cartilage damage Oct. 30 in the the women’s GS in Tignes, France.
Monahan won two gold medals at the U.S. Nationals – super-G and combined. She also had her best World Cup finish, a third in a super G at St. Moritz.
She will miss the rest of this season because of the surgery on her right knee, according to women’s head coach Marjan Cernigoj. Officials said Monahan’s injury occurred in preseason training in Switzerland.
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