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Gagnon back on skis but unlikely for Olympic Super-G

Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon skis during the downhill run of the women's alpine skiing super combined event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center Feb. 10.


For the first time since dislocating her shoulder, Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon was able to get back on her skis Thursday.

But even if the practice went well, she probably will not be able to compete in the Super-G scheduled for Saturday at the Winter Olympics.

Gagnon and coach Hugues Ansermoz felt she had more to lose than to gain by competing in the Super-G and it was better to focus on giant slalom and the slalom scheduled respectively for next Tuesday and Friday.

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Gagnon specializes mainly in technical events, even if she has started to do well in speed events (like Super-G) this season.

Her left shoulder, which she injured Monday in the super-combined slalom event, held up well in practice. The 24-year-old even stayed out on the hill longer than expected.

She made two descents at the bottom of the mountain and "three or four" at the top. All her runs were done with a coach and physiotherapist at her side to see how her shoulder reacted. Ansermoz said she even had a doctor with her on the first run.

Gagnon said she felt well enough to compete in the Super-G, but finally agreed that it was best to be cautious.

The final decision will be made Friday, but it appears that Larisa Yurkiw and Marie-Pier Prefontaine will be the only Canadians in the event.

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