Penny Oleksiak to Miss Canadian Swimming Trials, Still Rehabbing After Knee Surgery

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Penny Oleksiak to Miss Canadian Swimming Trials, Still Rehabbing After Knee Surgery

Penny Oleksiak will not compete at the upcoming Bell Canadian Swimming Trials as she continues to focus on her rehabilitation from injury.

Oleksiak had surgery to repair the meniscus in her left knee last fall. While she has continued to advance in her rehabilitation program, she has also been working through complications in her other knee and shoulder.

“I’m working hard to prioritize my recovery right now. Unfortunately, I’m not quite ready to race my best at Trials,” Penny Oleksiak said.

The decision was made in consultation with Swimming Canada High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson and High Performance Centre – Ontario Head Coach Ryan Mallette, supported by team medical personnel.

Canada’s most decorated Olympian with seven medals will continue to work with team physicians and her coach to determine her timeline for returning to competition.

“I’m looking forward to other opportunities to compete this season, and looking ahead to being my best in Paris,” Penny Oleksiak said.

“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 return to her best in racing,” Mallette said. “We want to help Penny get back to her best, and the goal is for her to be ready to compete for medals at Paris 2024 and add to her career achievements.”

“Each athlete is an individual and Penny has our full support as she continues to recover from injury,” Atkinson said. “We are taking a long-term view of her overall health and looking ahead to the best time for her to return to racing.”
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