Marie-Michèle Gagnon fell and dislocated her shoulder during the slalom portion of the women's super combined Monday at the Sochi Olympics, after hooking her skis on a gate. As soon as she stood up, Gagnon knew she was injured.
“Once I tried to get up I knew my shoulder was dislocated. Mark, our Canadian doctor, and the Russian doctor put it back in place. It was pain free – they did a great job," said Gagnon, who received treatment on site.
"I've had injuries before and come back and hopefully I can do it again. It's too bad about today but I am hoping to at least do the technical events (giant slalom and slalom)."
Gagnon, of Lac-Etchemin, Que., made her Olympic debut in Vancouver, and has since become a regular top-ten contender on the World Cup circuit.
The dislocation was minor, and Gagnon sustained no broken bones or muscle tears, though she stated on twitter that she bruised her thigh. Gagnon received treatment from Canadian team doctor Mark Borzecki, and had a follow up at the medical clinic in the athlete's village.
Gagnon was supposed to compete in the women's super-G, slated for Feb. 15. She is hoping to race in the giant slalom on Feb. 18, and the slalom on Feb. 21.
"We will have to see how it goes but I'm hoping to keep racing here in Sochi," said Gagnon. "I really want to show people that you can overcome obstacles and still do great things."