Steve Smith Injury Update

Aug 25, 2011
by Fraser Britton  
2010 World Championship Silver medalist and proud Canadian, Steve Smith, suffered an ankle injury in practice race morning in Val Di Sole and couldn't race, after qualifying second. After a few days of tests, and after the swelling came down, doctors have concluded that the Devinci Global Racing athlete has a broken Tibia and a separated Fibula that will take him out of the World Championships next week in Champery, Switzerland.

Smith stopped by Pinkbike's Morzine headquarters this morning and talked a bit about his injury and his outlook on the season. Not one to be easily brought down by injuries, Smith was all smiles and is already looking forward to getting his surgery next week and getting back on the rehab train to come back stronger than ever next season. Look out, Pietermariztburg!


bigquotes"The sooner I can get home and get this work done, the sooner I can get focused on my next goal, training for next season. I want to come back stronger and faster than I left. I'm really disappointed, but it could have happened mid season which would have been a lot worse. I would have preferred to finish VDS as it's my favorite race, but shit happens and it's time to get it fixed." - Steve Smith, Devinci Global Racing


Despite not being able to race World Cup finals this past week, the Cassidy, BC resident managed to finish out the season in 5th place in the World Cup overall, taking home a coveted crystal trophy.


Steve Smith ended up 5th place int he overall despite not being able to race topday due to a knee and ankle injury sufferred in practice. He made his way to the podium no matter what. Heal up Sender Canada needs you.
Smith made his way to the podium to collect his overall trophy, no matter what. Heal up Sender, Canada needs you.
Can Steve Smith get on the podium here He s ready for world s and is looking to be on point this week and living up to the Sender nickname.
Stevie was killing it all week and would have given Gwin a run for his money for the win.



57 Comments

  • 77 1
 Heal fast. We are proud of your acomplisment and look forward for a win next year!
  • 25 1
 if he can heal as fast as fast as he rides hes all good
  • 3 0
 As long as he doesn't shave those wicked sideburns, I won't care how he does next year. Bummer about the ankle this year, but it's motivation for next. Go Stevie!!
  • 26 1
 next season he is top 3 for sure!
  • 11 2
 Get well soon Stevie... You are Top 5 this year even without the last race VDS...
just remembered what you said on Collective - Seasons... - "its cool to have someone from Canada be... on Top with Sam Hill.. Steve Peat...." You're already there... now Heal Up and Train Hard and take #1 next Season.....
  • 5 1
 Great rider, great person, and an awesome season. Well liked by his competitors and gives 100% for his sponsors. You can't ask for more, other than heal up fast and see you next year.
  • 5 1
 How can you not like Stevie! He's Canada's man!! Healing vibes~~~ Come back with a vengeance next season Stevie! We know you will!
  • 1 0
 who's the d bag that negative propped you for this
  • 8 2
 its tibia not tibula
  • 3 1
 You're right! Typo...
  • 4 7
 no... it's definitely tibia...
  • 2 1
 Fixed on both mentions - oops.
  • 3 0
 I am not a bone scientist but....the fibula is a bone, not a joint. You cannot separate a bone. You can only separate a joint.
  • 1 0
 I am a doc. What you separate is really called the interosseous membrane. It's a thin sheet of tissue that holds the tib and fib together as well as provides for lots of muscular attachments. This is the tissue that is damaged in "high ankle sprains".
Heal up Stevie and if you need any rehab advice (which I'm sure you have covered) hit me up. It helps to have an insane MTB doc work on an even more insane rider!! Best of luck!!
  • 1 0
 who needs a fibula anyway?
  • 3 2
 Crazy that he's so mobile in those pictures given the extent of the injury...not exactly a twisted ankle. Perhaps he's a distant relative of Chuck Norris. The pain must have been immense but you wouldn't guess it looking at the photo's.
  • 2 1
 I know some people who have gone through the same injuries and surgeries and its not an easy road to recovery. I hope everything goes well for you and wish the speediest of recoveries to come back and absolutely kill it next year
  • 1 0
 Easily one of my favourite riders and I had him down as a dark horse for next week. Good to see him taking a long-term view and getting the operation done now so he can be in the best possible position come next year's World Cup.
  • 1 0
 I've seen Steve Smith when he fall down, I was pretty shure that he could win the race because he had lot and lot of speed, really when he fall down, he was insane and all the morning he had impossible runs. I think he really deserves all fan's support, and hope he'll be back really soon! heal up steve!
  • 4 1
 Get well Stevie! You have had a very inspiring year! Looking forward to next season. Fraser, look after your bud! Cheers.
  • 1 1
 Wow this really sucks, tib fib breaks no fun long recovery. I wish steve the best and know he be back in action. He was having such an awesome season and look how fast it come to an end. I can feel steves fruatration as i deal with my own injury setbacks. Thats all part of riding on the edge. Hope he can make it back to that high level he achieved this season.
  • 2 2
 Get well soon Stevie... You are Top 5 this year even without the last race VDS...
just remembered what you said on Collective - Seasons... - "its cool to have someone from Canada be... on Top with Sam Hill.. Steve Peat...." You're already there... now Heal Up and Train Hard and take #1 next Season.....
  • 2 1
 get well soon man .... i'm starting walking now from a tibia + fibula fracture and can understand what is passing ... come back stronger than ever ..... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3 1
 I broke my Tibia and Fibula at the same time playing hockey. All I can say is PHYSICAL THERAPY. That's my advice. They are rough bones to break.
  • 4 1
 bummer...it was a good rivalry with Hart this year!
  • 3 1
 Bummer. Was looking forward to seeing his run at Worlds. I'm patient, he'll be there in 2012!
  • 2 1
 what a shame... but injuries are part of the sport, especially at this high of a level. Watch for him to come back harder than ever next season.
  • 2 1
 Stevie, healing vibes coming for all the U.K racers over here, wish you a very speedy recovery and a successful series in 2012.
  • 2 1
 good job stevie you have done canada proud sending it all season hopefully this surgery will help you get 1st next season and show that canadians are the best !
  • 2 1
 thanks for all the hard work and dedication dude! I know your going to come back next year with tons of confidence, it was an awesome year of shreddin!
  • 2 0
 Sorry to hear. He had a good chance of taking it. Healing Vibes!
  • 2 1
 so gutted, Smith was just pinning it this year. Heal up man, I really enjoy watching you SMASH the sh*t out of the mountain.
  • 2 1
 what a shame for stevie - i had him down for a top 3 finish get well soon mate - next year is your year
  • 2 1
 heal up well. thought for sure u woulda had a 1st @ VDS! congrats on your season and see you faster than ever next year.
  • 2 0
 why has mikenash not been banned yet
  • 1 0
 I've seen this boy ride on his hometown mountain and he is fast as f*&$!!!!!! Get better Steve!!!
  • 1 0
 Heal up! Healing vibes coming your way!!!!!!!! You will be killin it next year!! Just like you killed it this year!!!
  • 4 3
 GET WELL SOON MY FRIEND... heal up and train..u'r getting there! ♂
  • 2 1
 heel up canadian chain saw massacre, get'em next year
  • 2 1
 bad news...hope u have a nice and fast recovery!!!
  • 2 1
 but shit happens and it's time to get it fixed...
  • 2 1
 heal up Stevie, the Cup aint the same without you
  • 2 1
 heal up, canada needs a ripper
  • 2 1
 Yeah, heal up man... We Canadians are proud of you !!!
  • 1 0
 smith has dirty side burns what a boss
  • 1 0
 hey mikenash, why are you negative propping every comment..?
  • 1 0
 speedy recovery, Stevie..
  • 1 0
 That susks ! Ride hard or ride home alone ! Peace
  • 1 1
 get rid of the Chops Steve, they're bad luck.
  • 2 1
 I love this guy.
  • 2 1
 heal up Stevie
  • 2 1
 Healing vibes Stevie!
  • 1 0
 good luck!
  • 1 0
 What a great attitude.
  • 1 0
 get well soon man
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