Maurice Manificat knows how to suffer.
While winning the 30 km skiathlon at Canmore in dramatic fashion last weekend, he skied through a knee injury. But the injury has caught up with him, and he’ll miss the Tour de Ski.
According to francetvsport.fr, Manificat has had knee pain since the first World Cup race in Kuusamo. Following his victory in Canmore, an MRI showed a torn right quadriceps tendon above the knee. Recovering will mean missing ski races until the end of January.
On his blog, Manificat writes of chronic knee pain, citing a “kick in the ass” from his girlfriend as part of his motivation on Sunday morning of the skiathlon.
Magnificat will take up physical therapy, including strength training and swimming, during his recovery. According to francetvsport, within 10 days he’ll be able to ski on flat ground “forcing the arm,” – double poling.
Manificat is no stranger to physical adversity. In dryland training leading up to the 2011-2012 season, he trained through a rib injury
At present, Manificat is sitting in third place in the distance World Cup and eighth overall. Although a month’s absence may end Manificat’s shot at a World Cup title, he’s focused on the World Championships at Val di Fiemme, Italy, starting 20 February.
British Eurosport’s video of the 30 km: