Penny Oleksiak misses Canadian swim trials as she continues knee rehab – CBC Sports
Penny Oleksiak will not compete in the Canadian swim team trials, Swimming Canada announced Friday.
Oleksiak, Canada’s most decorated Olympian with seven career medals, continues to focus on rehabilitation after undergoing surgery last fall to repair the meniscus in her left knee.
“I am working hard to prioritize my recovery right now. Unfortunately, I’m not quite ready to race at my best in trials,” said 22-year-old Oleksiak.
The trials, which begin March 28 in Toronto, will help determine Canada’s national team for the upcoming season, which will include the World Championships in Japan in July, as well as the World Paraswimming Championships and other international events.
Oleksiak’s timeline for a return to the pool is still undetermined. Swimming Canada said high performance director John Atkinson and Ontario head coach Ryan Mallette were consulted on the decision.
“We will continue to work with her as she progresses in her recovery, and when the time is right we look forward to seeing her back in racing at her best,” said Mallette. “We want to help Penny get back to her best, and the goal is for her to be ready to compete for medals in Paris 2024 and to increase her career achievements.”
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