Nelson's Trace Cooke wins first adult ski event, hurts knee

Trace Cooke of Nelson took first place at the men
Trace Cooke of Nelson took first place at the men's freeride world qualifier in Verbier, Switzerland.
— image credit: Sebastien Baritussio photo

Nelson's Trace Cooke, a member of the Whitewater Ski Resort Pro Team, won his first adult event this week.

The local skier took home top spot in Verbier, Switzerland during Freeride Week.

Cooke finish the event with a two-day total of 88.33 points, seven points higher than his next competitor Ivan Malakhov who finished with 81.

That finish qualifies hime to participate in the finals set for this weekend.

However all the news isn't good for Cooke.

While skiing during the week, the local athlete hit a boulder which was hidden by the new foot of powder that fell at Verbier.

According to his Facebook site, Cooke "spent all day limping, with tears in my eyes, down off the mountain, and through the village to the hospital."

After a quick examination, it was established that Cooke suffered a small tear to a few ligaments in his knee.

While he can't continue to ski during the week, his is hoping to compete in the finals on the weekend.

"My fingers are crossed that it (his knee) will be strong enough for the weekend. I'm going to take it day by day resting and strengthening, and hopefully with rest and the new knee-brace they gave me I can compete," he wrote on Facebook.

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