Bourque injury adds to Canadian ski team woes

Dec 18, 2009 - 5:36 PM VAL GARDENA, Italy(AP) -- It looks as if the injury-hit Canadian team has lost another skier for the season.

Francois Bourque pulled up toward the end of his super-G run in Friday's World Cup race after landing a jump awkwardly and appears to have torn the ACL in his left knee.

Canada head coach Paul Kristofic said "all signs are pointing to a ruptured ACL," pending further tests.

The Canadian team has been hard hit by injuries, losing downhill world champion John Kucera, Jean-Philippe Roy, Larisa Yurkiw and Kelly Vanderbeek entering its home Olympics in Vancouver on Feb. 12-28.

A spate of serious injuries on the World Cup circuit has prompted the sport's governing body, FIS, to examine how to make the sport safer while keeping it exciting.

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