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If that means it's not this year and it's next year, that's what it is."
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"From a physical standpoint I feel quite strong and ready. I have all my strength back. I'm just getting back on snow. There is a lot of work to do and there is still a long ways to go before I'm ready to compete."
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for about seven days. But Friday was the first time he actually stopped and looked at where the accident happened.
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. It was the spot on the mountain where his leg was mangled, his Olympic dreams shattered.
He underwent surgery to have a rod inserted through the tibia.
"How he reacts at all those stages are kind of unknown at this point. So far he has been reacting really well."
"I'd love to have the opportunity to defend my title," Kucera said. "If I things go incredibly well, and I feel ready, then we will go for that.
"For me, it was something I came to terms with very quickly. Laying there (in hospital) I realized it was something I couldn't change. My focus changed from competing at the Olympic Games to coming back and continuing on this path."
Downhill racer John Kucera skied by that place without a thought Friday. No bad vibes, no apprehension. He even managed to joke about it with his teammates.
"Right from the start John knew it was going to be a huge undertaking. There was no question he was going to get back."
There's a chance Kucera will miss February's world ski championships at Garmisch Partenkircken, Germany. He won the downhill race at the 2009 championships.
Kucera was in contention for a podium finish last year when he crashed at speeds of around 100 kilometres an hour, breaking his tibia and fibula. The impact was so violent a bone tore through the back of his left leg. His foot was left hanging, attached by the skin alone.
Kucera was considered a medal threat in both downhill and super G at the Vancouver Olympics. Besides his world championship gold medal, he has three podium finishes, including a win, on the World Cup circuit.
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Paul Kristofic, head coach of the men's team, said Kucera may do some forerunning at races in January.
Missing the chance to race an Olympics on home soil was a bitter pill Kucera has managed to swallow.
"It's not about this year,'' he said. "It's about the next eight, nine, 10 years of my career and my life after this.
"Ski racing is a dangerous sport," he said. "That's the risk we all accept.
Kucera was in Lake Louise to watch the final training for Saturday's first downhill of the World Cup season. He hopes to return to racing in the New Year, but also accepts he might miss another season recovering.
up some time. That crash is quite common. That's bad luck and that's the nature of the sport sometimes. I'm over it."
It's been a year since Kucera shattered two bones in his left leg in a devastating crash during the first World Cup super giant slalom race of last year at Lake Louise. It ended his season and left him a spectator at the Vancouver Olympic Games.
"There is no way we're going to take a chance of risking an athlete of this calibre."
"It's a long, slow process where there is a lot of check points along the way," said Kristofic. "You start to change the stimulus as far as the difficulty of the terrain, the course settings, the hardness of the snow.
"John is a young guy," said Kobelka. "He has a lot of years ahead of him.
Kent Kobelka, Alpine Canada's head physiotherapist, rode with Kucera in the ambulance to the hospital. He knew the long road Kucera was going to have to travel.
"We felt the soft tissue damage and the nerve damage would be the limiting factor," Kobelka said. "It would slow us down.
"I have no ill feelings or anything like that," the 26 year old from Calgary told a news conference. "It was an unfortunate situation.
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Alpine Canada officials won't rush Kucera back.
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