There’s been a major setback in what was to be Alice Merryweather’s comeback season. Ski Racing reports Alice was back training after sitting out last season to treat an eating disorder but suffered a nasty crash while training at Saas-Fee in the Swiss Alps.
Alice got the word out through Instagram that she crashed Saturday going 80mph towards the bottom of the training course and ended up sliding on her face and body across the glacier ice resulting in multiple facial cuts and a broken tibia and fibula to her left leg. She was airlifted to a nearby hospital and has already undergone a successful surgery for her broken leg. Merryweather will return to the US in the coming days and seek further evaluation and imaging on her left knee in Vail:
“Hi everyone. The good news is that I am okay! The bad news is that I took a spill training downhill in Saas Fee on Wednesday and have a broken tibia and fibula. We are still waiting on more clarity around the extent of the damage done to my knee. I’ve already had a successful surgery for my leg here in Switzerland, and they are taking the absolute best care of me 🙂 Now I’m looking forward to flying home in the next few days.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in this process so far. To my coaches, doctors, physios, helicopter pilots, teammates, friends, and family – I wouldn’t be feeling “okay” if it weren’t for you all. The recovery to come looks a lot different than my last, but if I can rewire my brain I think I can heal some bone and ligaments too. Thank you all for your support”
Best wishes to Alice on the recovery.
I am a born-and-raised New England skier. I spent my early racing days at Attitash Mountain and attended high school at Stratton Mountain School. This 2021/22 season will be my sixth year on the US Ski Team and my fourth season on the World Cup Speed Team, although I took the most recent season off to focus on recovering from a battle with anorexia nervosa. I am really excited for the coming season and now that I am strong once again and healthy, I feel prepared to face the added pressures and challenges that come with being in an Olympic year. My goal is to qualify for my second US Olympic team not only as a participant but as a real contender this time around.