Four-time moguls champ Heil will sit out season


Following consultation with her professional therapy group, and with the 2010 Winter Olympics in mind, Jenn Heil has decided to accept their recommendation to forego racing this winter in order to fully recover from the chronic knee pain she competed with last season.
    Heil has won the World Cup mogul title the last four consecutive seasons, won the gold medal at the last Olympics and the silver medal in moguls and gold in dual moguls at the last World Championship.
    "While I really dislike being off skis, this patient approach to addressing physiological issues worked to my advantage in 2002/2003", said Heil.
    "I intend to return to racing both stronger and faster than where I left off. Everything is in place to ensure that I will be ready well before the beginning of next season. The hiatus from competition for this reconditioning program will serve me well in the run up to Vancouver 2010. I will also use this opportunity to complete my second year of studies in the bachelor of commerce program at McGill University."

Following consultation with her professional therapy group, and with the 2010 Winter Olympics in mind, Jenn Heil has decided to accept their recommendation to forego racing this winter in order to fully recover from the chronic knee pain she competed with last season.
    Heil has won the World Cup mogul title the last four consecutive seasons, won the gold medal at the last Olympics and the silver medal in moguls and gold in dual moguls at the last World Championship.
    "While I really dislike being off skis, this patient approach to addressing physiological issues worked to my advantage in 2002/2003", said Heil.
    "I intend to return to racing both stronger and faster than where I left off. Everything is in place to ensure that I will be ready well before the beginning of next season. The hiatus from competition for this reconditioning program will serve me well in the run up to Vancouver 2010. I will also use this opportunity to complete my second year of studies in the bachelor of commerce program at McGill University."
    After thorough diagnosis and testing, it has been determined that the pain experienced in the left knee is a result of physical imbalances and postural issues. These issues can only be fully addressed when not subjecting the body to those forces experienced during competition. Reconditioning, which will be completed in April, is being carried out under the direction of Scott Livingston B.Sc., CATC, CSCS, Jaime Livingston B.Sc., CATC, CSCS and David Campbell CATC D.O.
    This isn’t the first time the native of Spruce Grove, Alberta has taken some time off to heal chronic injuries. She took the entire 2002/2003 season off to build physical strength and to get over shin problems. She credits that period of rest and rehabilitation as having played a big part in the overwhelming success she has enjoyed over the past four seasons.
    "This is an intelligent approach and definitely the right thing for Jenn," said Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge. "The most important thing is for her to be completely healthy so that she can ski to her full potential over the coming years."  - Canadian Freestyle Ski Assoc.

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