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!
|"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.
Smith made his way to the podium to collect his overall trophy, no matter what. Heal up Sender, Canada needs you.
Stevie was killing it all week and would have given Gwin a run for his money for the win.