After withdrawing from the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro following a suspected fibula fracture, Stephanie Gilmore has had further bad news this week, as it turns out the injury is worse than first thought. Stephanie sustained the injury during a free surf whilst in Western Australia and was pinning her hopes on a quick recovery to be able to compete at the Oi Rio Pro next month, but that now hangs in the balance.
Stephanie has returned home to consult with her own doctor and following an MRI it turns out she has sustained multiple fractures to the fibula and tibia, with bone bruising to the knee cap and some slight tendinitis. The medical opinion is that Stephanie should stay out of the water for 3-6 weeks, which will mean she will miss the event in Rio de Janeiro and will be a huge blow to her world title defending season.
Stephanie is currently sitting in third spot on the women’s leader board and will be desperate to post a score in Rio, and as yet has not officially withdrawn from the event. Hopefully with luck, intense physiotherapy, rest and maybe a bit of strapping we will see Stephanie at the Oi Rio Pro. In the meantime, you can keep up with all developments for the next stop on the world tour at the official WSL website. Let us know if you think Stephanie should just accept she won’t be able to compete in Rio or do you think she should move heaven and earth to be there?