THROUGH HERE 2 HELP, CINDY NELSON STEERS ATHLETES
TOWARD AN ALL-AROUND RECOVERY BY KELLEY MCMILLAN
VAIL — Each time a racer steps into the start house, the
threat of injury looms large around every gate. Injury and ski
racing go hand in hand. Take Chemmy Alcott, who crashed
off a jump during a training run at Lake Louise on Dec. 2,
breaking her right leg and ending her season.
But injury isn’t always a bad thing, according to Cindy
Nelson, the first American — male or female — to win a
World Cup speed event. She believes that injury can actu-
ally provide an opportunity for growth and development.
And Nelson would know. During her 14-year career (1971-
1985), which included four World Championship titles and
one Olympic medal, she endured nine knee surgeries, four
hip surgeries, and two ankle operations. Success came at
Nelson splashed onto the racing scene in 1971, earning
a spot on the U.S. national team at age 15. Three years
later in 1974, she became the first U.S. racer to stand atop
a World Cup speed podium when she nabbed the downhill
victory at Grindelwald, Switzerland, dethroning Annemarie
Moser-Proll and ending the legendary Austrian skier’s 13-
SkiRacing.com DECEMBER 30, 2010 |40 A World Cup downhill victory in Grindelwald, Switzerland, in 1974, put Cindy Nelson in the record books.
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