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Marie-Michele Gagnon’s status for slalom and GS still uncertain

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.

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Still no word whether Marie-Michele Gagnon, one of Canada's strongest contenders for an alpine skiing medal at Sochi, will be able to compete in the slalom and giant slalom after her injury Monday. She is in intensive physiotherapy and the alpine team's spokesman insists her spirits are high. But it appears no decision will be made until the day before, or even the day of, the races.

Gagnon, who is 24 and from Levis, Quebec, crashed on the slalom run of the combined downhill-slalom medal race. She dislocated her left shoulder, which was popped back into place on the race course, and was taken away by ambulance for X-rays and an MRI, which revealed no breakages or tears. That's the good news; the bad is that she is stiff and sore.

She has a few days to get back into fighting shape. The giant slalom is on Tuesday; the slalom on the following Friday. Her presence, or lack thereof, in training runs in the next few days will provide the best clues about her ability to compete

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