Brydon Bolstered in Lake Louise - BC Alpine Ski Association

Fernie's Emily Brydon clutched crutches instead of ski poles at Tuesday's World Cup downhill training runs in Lake Louise. Hiking shoes, not ski boots, were on her feet as she trekked to the finish area where teammates and World Cup friends trained.

Brydon, ranked 19th in the world in downhill, and a double medallist at the 2000 World Junior Alpine Championships, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee two weeks ago training in Colorado, virtually ending her ski season before it even began. Last February, Brydon injured her right knee racing at the World Championships in St. Anton, Aut.

Many racers stopped by after their runs to wish Brydon a speedy recovery from her second knee injury in nine months. Brydon had a message of her own to deliver