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Sport Paralympic snowboarder Badenhorst having scans on knee after training crash

04:06  11 march  2018
04:06  11 march  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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Badenhorst injured her knee after falling heavily in training . Australian team co-captain Joany Badenhorst has suffered a horrible case of deja vu, ruled out at a second consecutive Winter Paralympics after a training crash .

Joany Badenhorst (born 10 August 1994) is an Australian Paralympian who was selected to compete in Para- snowboard cross at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi. She would have been the first female snowboarder to represent Australia at the Winter Paralympics

Snowboarder Joany Badenhorst. © Australian Paralympic Committee/AAP Snowboarder Joany Badenhorst. Australian Paralympic officials are awaiting the results of scans for snowboarder Joany Badenhorst after the country’s opening ceremony flagbearer crashed in training and injured her knee only days away from the start of her competition.

The 23-year-old from Griffith in New South Wales is competing in two disciplines at the winter Paralympics – the snowboard banked slalom and the snowboard cross.

It’s the second Paralympics for Badenhorst, who lost her leg in a farming accident as a teenager. But she didn’t compete in Sochi after being seriously injured in her final training run.

She broke her patella, collapsed her hip and dislocated her knee in a crash before she was set to be Australia’s first female Paralympic snowboader.

Along with being given the distinction of carrying Australia’s flag at Friday night’s opening ceremony, Badenhorst is a co-captain of the contingent of 15 Australian athletes in PyeongChang.

Her snowboard cross event is scheduled for Monday.

Para snowboarder not spooked to go again .
Joany Badenhorst is contemplating taking on a third Winter Paralympics despite suffering serious injuries at the 11th hour in PyeongChang and Sochi.Twice now Badenhorst has arrived in the Athletes Village with high hopes of a medal only to be denied the chance of competing after severely injuring herself in training crashes on the Paralympic course.

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