CALGARY, Alberta – Alpine Canada veteran team member Robbie Dixon suffered a severe leg injury while training in Zermatt, Switzerland last week.
The 29-year-old skier from Whistler, B.C. was completing his first training run of the day. Dixon was in mid-turn when he felt a pain in his lower right leg resulting from his ski vibrating as it impacted terrain on the course. He described the discomfort in his leg as pressure which required him to stop training. Dixon was airlifted off the glacier to a nearby hospital in Visp, Switzerland.
Due to the speed Dixon was traveling and high forces exerted against the body, he suffered a fracture of his right tibia. The fracture is located just below a past injury to the same bone. Dixon is in good spirits and arrived in Canada over the weekend, where he is scheduled to have surgery.
Dixon, often referred to as one of Canada’s most gifted speed skiers, joined Alpine Canada’s speed team in 2005. He has earned 11 top-10 finishes on the World Cup and has four top-5 finishes, including one in the super G at Beaver Creek in December 2011 when he was just five-hundredths out of bronze medal position. Dixon missed the entire 2012-13 season after catching an edge and crashing during a November 2012 downhill race at Copper Mountain, Colo. He underwent surgery and through his perseverance, dedication and hard work returned to competition in the 2013-2014 season.
“Perseverance has always been a strong trait of Robbie’s. He has proven this by overcoming past injuries throughout his career,” said Alpine Canada VP of Sport Paul Kristofic. “It has been his dedication, drive and commitment to the sport that has lead to his success to date and I have full confidence with his commitment he will make a strong recovery. We will be behind him every step of the way.”
Release courtesy of Alpine Canada