2007 Season Over For Cam Zink

Aug 14, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
Following Cam's hospitalization in Canada for a ruptured spleen, and an upcoming scheduled surgery for his problematic knee, the Haro/Oakley rider has terminated his season and is now focusing on 100% fitness for the 2008 season.Cam's internal injuries were suffered at the Bearclaw Invitational at Mt Washington, Canada, more than a week ago, when he crashed on a practice run on the first day the course was open.

"I was riding pretty mellow, just making my way through all the course features when I second guessed myself. I came up to the first of two dirt jumps which were pretty massive. After the log drop I braked to stop but then decided to still go for it. I came up short and almost saved it. The logical way out would have been to jump over the bars, but with my knee being torn, I decided to hold on and hope for the best. The "best" definitely isn't what happened. I flew over the bars from the top of the 9ft landing to flat ground on my side. There was nothing sharp to jab my spleen, though the impact alone was too much for it to take. After the crash my wrist hurt so I sat on the side of the course for a little bit. After 10 minutes or so my stomach started to hurt from all the blood filling up in my abdomen. This was a familiar feeling as I've suffered the same injury riding downhill 6 years ago; then soon after my shoulders started hurting because of pressure points that pass through the abdomen. This was the tell tale sign," said Cam from his hospital bed soon after the incident.

The injury is a level 2 out of 4 rupture, which fortunately means his body will heal on its own without surgical intervention, just a lot of down time. Following his release from hospital Cam headed home to Reno to begin his rehab, which his wrist also needs, and then plans will be made for his all important knee surgery.

"The knee surgery I'm looking into is not approved in America, so I will have to look outside the country for specialist surgeons to have it performed. I heard about it being performed on skate board legend, Danny Way, and it's supposed to be bomb proof! They replace the ACL with a Kevlar rope and will also replace the meniscus with a whole new one. This will most likely be the last knee operation for my poor knees."

The rehab time is expected to be only 6-8 weeks compared to the usual 6 months so 2008 season preparations will commence a lot earlier than if regular surgery was opted for. The date for the knee operation is still to be set, but Cam plans to be at Interbike.

"I want to thank all the people that came to visit me in hospital in Canada, my girlfriend for being there the whole time, and my sponsors for supporting me this season, namely Haro Bikes, SRAM, Mavic, Oakley, Deity, SDG, Maxxis, TLD Helmets, Crank Brothers, Chris King and Alpinestars."


28 Comments

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 cam zinc is a cool guy with an amazing attitude. i got to say hi to him at whistler and he just started talkign to me about the whole course and stuff. way cooler guy then any other pro ive talked too. get better soon and get all this over with.and ride harder then ever,super cool guy anyway. good luck.
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 fuck everyone is always bitching about pros attitudes. they are probaby all nice guys for the most part but they can all have bad days and if you meet them on a bad day then they probably will come out a little sour to you. people just assume that since someone is mean one day they are mean all the time
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 go eat Oprahs smelly ass hole
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 Im with EBlackwell, not only do they have bad days just like any other human, put yourself in there shoes, almost everywhere they go someones asking them for an autograph or a trick tip, it probs get annoying, and they have dicks like some of you that do nothing but rip on them because they didnt feel to talkative the day you met them, they are all great guys and you all should give them more respect, get well soon Cam.
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 To clear things up for you noobs. Zinc went on record in a print interview (Sorry dont know Magazine name) that he thought guys like Simmons, Watson, Schley, Shandro were out of there elements at slopestyle comps because they couldnt do 3's and backflips. Kind of a stupid statement dont you think? Simmons would school Cam in a big mountain environment. As for the people who think having a bad attitude is "cool" or the right of the rider, eat shit, these guys are supposed to be role models and are getting paid good money to do something we all would give our left nut to do. So all you little bitches sticking up for poor Cam can suck my hairy balls.
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 Your a "noob" if you can't produce the Mag name and Issue #- that's just hearsay bruddah. And I'm sure you didn't read the whole article, no one does.
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 pros like Schley and simmons are some what out of their elements at slopestyle contests. BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN THEY FRIGGEN SUCK OR THAT HE WAS BASHING THEM YOU STUPID PRICK
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 Brodie_Dude441 you are out of your element, Donny. Go back to chasing little boys on your belly button brodie bike cock face.
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 Your argument is stupid. Get over it. Like oh wow Simmons( Watson, Schley, Shandro) would whoop Zinks ass in the big mountain enviroment, thats true because Simmons specializes in that kind of riding while Cam doesnt. But on the other hand Zink could beat Simmons at slopestyle because he doesnt friggn specialize in it. So you are the only one with the attitude problem.
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 Getting old and having a bad attitude?? what the hell? he is allowed to have his opinion. It is true that there is an evolution in biking that has been going on for the last couple of years where the older, pioneers of the sport are not as strong in the slopestyle comps as some of the "new kids on the block". If any of you retards were to ask any of the pioneers, they would probably say the same thing as Cam. Everyone can not be a ninja at ever discipline in the sport and everyone is entitled to their opinion. If everyone starts putting the riders down for saying their true opinions, then every interview response will be the exact same.
Cam is a young, innovative rider. Have some respect!! especially when he is injured. Imagine reading your dumb ass comments while lying in bed trying to get better.
come on guys!!
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 Sure he is allowed to have his opinion just like Im allowed to have mine. Well thought out argument dipshit.
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 maybe he should have worn a helmet....
i think he's a great rider, but the "old" comments about wade, schely, etc... and the NWD 7 sequence sans helmet, aren't going to get him respect or a long career.
that said a ruptered spleen is serious and I hope he gets better (just wear a helmet for the groms!)
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 well said... but he does look tired.
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 Just before anyone starts killing each other: the comments Zink made were in Decline magazine, and they came just after Crankworx 2005, when one of the hot topics in slopestyle MTBing was that of an invite list. Cam's point was not that riders such as Simmons, Shandro et al were somehow no longer valid in our sport, but rather that they were being invited to competitions, on the basis of their reputation as "elite freeriders", that in truth they weren't really suited to. Sure, Schley and the other, older riders could still school Zink in an event such as the Red Bull Rampage but, like it or not, it is undeniable that today's slopestyle comps have moved away from big mountain riding and are largely influenced by dirt jumping. I don't believe that any of the aformentioned older riders would claim to be world-class dirt jumpers, and the only point Cam tried to make was that they shouldn't be taking entry places of younger riders who were prepared to risk everything to progress slopestyle riding whilst they themselves were, by their own admission, not. Ultimately, Cam was vindicated in what he wrote when, at Crankworx 2006, there was no longer an invite list, and all riders had to qualify.
Get well soon, Cam, mountain biking is poorer without you.
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 Thank you PaddyB. Youve cleared it up for us. I still think hes a cocky douchebag, like so many of the posters on this board.
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 Maybe this will take his shitty attitude down a notch or two... Dick to other riders. ie. (Comments on Simmons and some older riders).
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 who cares if he has a shitty attiutide. your allowed to if you ride as good as this kid. we look forward to seeing you stronger than ever in 08' Cam. peace
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 fuck you stinkyd, he shouldnt retire. he should comeback in 2008 andstill be the best rider out there. hope you get better soon.
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 Enjoy the downtime Cam! Relax, see some movies, you can return anytime and kill it. Stinky D- your a dumbass for posting that.......no ones retiring.
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 Best whishes 4 ya dude! Rest a lot to be really okay for the next season! Cheers
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 god damet tho.all you idiots. have u talked to him. he DOESNT have a bad attitude.FUK shut up.
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 Get well cam and giver next year.
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 Damn that sucks, get well soon Cam. :/
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 Holly shit ! What a fuck'n warrior you are. Get well soon man !
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 Heal up Fast Cam!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 He's getting old. Don't you think? He should retire.
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 Hell yeah. Thankyou for saying what I was thinking...
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 you should retire.

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