US skier Lanning to skip 2011 World Cup season
PARK CITY, Utah – U.S. skier TJ Lanning will skip the 2011 World Cup season to focus on recovering from a downhill crash last November in Lake Louise, Alberta, that fractured his neck and dislocated his left knee.
Lanning, 25, said in a news release Wednesday that it simply makes more sense “for me not to push it again.”
He plans on skiing again and hopes to make the U.S. squad for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Lanning was churning down the course in Lake Louise when he lost control at nearly 90 mph, somersaulting through the air. He had to be airlifted off the mountain.
Later, he was transported to Vail, Colo., where he had surgery on his neck and knee.
Lanning will soon head to Maui for rehab and work on obtaining his yoga certification.