Moguls skier Philippe Marquis to compete at Olympics with torn ACL
Canadian moguls skier Philippe Marquis plans to compete at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, despite tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee four weeks ago.
"I'm OK but not great," Marquis told CBC Sports. "I'll be competing but obviously not the way I would have liked which is tough to accept after four years of hard work."
"The simple fact that I'm here after tearing my ACL ligament on Jan. 8 is [a] straight-up miracle."
Marquis insisted he would still compete at the Games immediately after sustaining the injury during training for a World Cup event in Deer Valley, Utah. The 28-year-old from Quebec City is currently in Pyeongchang and was seen training on Monday.
"The bumps are big and tight but I expect it will get better every days with some skiing and traffic," Marquis said. "It will be a great challenge for me and I'll have to be extremely smart with my decision making. I'll probably have to adjust my speed and jumps accordingly."
Men's moguls qualifying takes place Thursday at 9:45 p.m. ET. Marquis finished ninth in men's moguls at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and his best result this season came in Thaiwoo, China in December where he finished eighth.
"I'm very happy to be here and excited to share this magnificent experience with Team Canada and my close teammates," Marquis said.
With files from The Canadian Press