Battelle Recuperates from Surgery

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Vail, CO, Sept. 21, 2000--Defending World Cup moguls champion Ann Battelle (Steamboat Springs, CO) is recuperating at home after surgery to repair a broken shoulder socket, the U.S. Ski Team said Friday. She was expected to be off skis for about two months.

Battelle suffered the injury earlier this month when she fell on the final day of a training camp at Mt. Hood, Ore., dislocating her leftshoulder and breaking a bone on the shoulder socket. Dr. Richard Hawkins of the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail operated Sept. 12 andsaid she was "doing well." She began rehabilitation immediately after spending the night at the Vail Valley Regional Hospital.

"It went very well and we're very pleased," Hawkins said. "She'll be in a sling for about a month and probably be skiing at two months. We wouldn't want her to fall, though, so she won't be competing until later...but she'll be able to get herself in good shape, biking and jogging."

The surgery means Battelle will be wearing a sling when she's married Sept. 30 in Vermont. "I have to take it slowly. This is definitely unexplored territory for me, but you just have to roll with it," she said of the injury, the first time she's been sidelined in her 10-year World Cup career.

Battelle, 32, a three-time Olympian, has won the World Cup moguls title the last two seasons. She also won the gold medal in moguls and bronze medal in dual moguls at the 1999 World Championships. The 2001 mogul season opens in November in Sweden and the WorldChampionships are Jan. 17-21 at Blackcomb, B.C.