Anna Swenn Larsson winter is not going as hoped. First, the 29-year-old slalom specialist and her teammates were forced to quarantine ahead of the World Cup slalom opener in Levi due to a positive test among their coaching staff. Then, Swenn Larsson herself tested positive and was forced back into quarantine early in December. And now the latest hard setback: the Swede sustained a fracture on her ankle during training in northern Italy and has traveled back to Sweden with the remainder of her season in question.
Early reports from the Swedish ski team is they want to prevent an operation. Swenn Larsson will have to immobilize her foot and wear a cast for the next six weeks, which puts her World Championship ambitions in question.
“It’s going to be a race against time,” says Sweden’s team doctor Jakob Swanberg.
Swenn Larsson, herself, is trying to remain positive: “After all, it’s not the knee or something similar that is injured. Now I’m going home and making sure everything goes as well as possible. … I have to continue working.”