May 2, 2013

Wescott hopeful despite knee injury

Seth Wescott, 36, faces a comeback from serious knee surgery to be ready for the Olympics.

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Seth Wescott is planning to recover from knee surgery in time for the Olympics next February in Russia. He already has two Olympic gold medals in snowboardcross.

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Seth Wescott
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Seth Wescott


Born June 28, 1976

Two Olympic gold medals in men’s snowboardcross (in 2006, 2010), the only two times the event has been in the Games.

Lives in Carrabassett Valley

Sochi Olympics in Russia begin Feb. 7, 2014.

Wescott slammed into the far wall of the crevasse, which was maybe 6 feet deep, he said, with his left knee taking the brunt of the collision.

His surgery, performed nine days later, also included a patella tendon graft. He also had a tibia fracture, which, he said, did not require surgery.

He already has begun rehabilitation and said he is ahead of schedule. "It's an aggressive time frame (for recovery) and it has to be," said Wescott.

He plans on returning to Carrabassett Valley on May 18, where he will continue his offseason workouts and physical therapy. He said he has been given a strict rehab schedule to follow -- when he can resume golf, when he can begin riding mountain bikes -- and isn't worried about not being able to qualify for the Olympics.

"I think that I'm in a unique position in that way," he said. "I have had two pinnacle experiences at the Olympics and I've been incredibly fortunate to have done what I've already done. I guess I would be looking at it in a much different way if I hadn't already accomplished what I've done in my career.

"I know what I'm looking at."

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