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Sullivan OK after surgery at Barton

USSA report

Olympian Marco Sullivan of Truckee underwent surgery to repair his right anterior cruciate ligament and was pronounced “A-OK” Wednesday by U.S. Ski Team surgeon Dr. Terry Orr.

Sullivan, a 2002 Olympic skier and former U.S. champion, missed the 2004 season because of a torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered in a training crash. He reinjured the knee in late October during training in Tignes, France. Orr performed the surgery Tuesday at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe.

“The operation went very well,” said Orr, a surgeon at the Tahoe Fracture clinic in addition to his duties with the Ski Team. “The injury was confined to his ACL. There were no other areas of large damage. Everything went A-OK.

“His rehabilitation should proceed according to schedule. Marco’s very motivated and ready to go.”

Sullivan will miss the season but said last week he was planning on returning to compete next winter in his second Olympics when the Winter Games are held in and around Torino, Italy.

“The Olympics are a big motivator,” said the 24-year-old, who is in his sixth season with the U.S. Ski Team.


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