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Season Over for Jean-Baptiste Grange

Season Over for Jean-Baptiste Grange

[ Tue, 2009-12-08 15:08 ]
Jean-Baptiste Grange at Beaver Creek
Reigning World Cup champion Grange and compatriot Thomas Fanara are both out for the season after falls; no Winter Olympics for either.

Bad news for France out of Beaver Creek. At this weekend's Birds of Prey World Cup stop, Jean-Baptiste Grange, the reigning World Cup champ, popped his knee during the giant slalom. His cruciate ligament is ruptured, and his season is over -- no more World Cup, and no more Winter Olympics. Grange was expected to be a force in Vancouver: The 25-year-old French hope has six World Cup wins to his name and a bronze medal from the 2007 World Championships. His season had started off well, with a podium finish at the WC stop in Levi, Finland. In another knock for the French team, racer Thomas Fanara also injured a knee in a fall during Sunday's race. Fanara will also miss the rest of the season.