Kucera given okay to race again
John Kucera has been cleared by doctors to resume World Cup ski racing after nearly two years of rehabilitation resulting from a badly broken leg.
The 27-year-old Canadian sustained a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula at Lake Louise in late 2009 and, although he returned to the slopes, he again broke his left tibia in a training fall in Aspen last November.
The initial blow ruled him out of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where he was a medal favourite until his crash, while the second delayed his comeback a further 12 months.
But after a lengthy period of rehabilitation, the downhill former world downhill champion has been given the green light to resume his career, with the first World Cup meeting of the season at Lake Louise on November 26 rather fittingly pencilled in for his return to action.
"Physically I'm good to go," he said. "It's the mental side of things that takes more time to come around. "To take those risks. To put myself on the line and to be in the right head space.
"Medically there is no setbacks or anything holding me back in that respect. The only way I wouldn't race is if I feel like I'm not ready to be in a competitive spot when I take the start.
"I'm just working to get some prep-period time in. If I'm skiing well enough, if I am skiing strong, we'll take the start. If not, we will just go week to week until I feel like I'm ready to compete."