A former Canadian Olympian is suing the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association after suffering a series of concussions that left her unable to participate in the sport she loves.
Veronika Bauer is suing for negligence.
She alleges in a notice of civil claim filed in BC Supreme Court that the ski association and Dr. Jeffrey Purkis shouldn’t have allowed her to participate in a December 2013 training camp, knowing she had suffered a concussion just a year prior.
Bauer says the CFSA also failed to inform her of another doctor’s opinion recommending otherwise.
The suit claims she suffered another concussion at training camp, after which she “suffered from severe and continuing concussion symptoms” and “remains unable to work as a consequence of her injuries and her ability to fully function in day to day life has been impaired.” The suit further alleges Bauer has suffered brain injury, leading to permanent physical and cognitive disability.
She posted a 15th place finish.
She won the gold medal in the 2001 Freestyle World Ski Championships.
Jenn Johnson with the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association says it hasn’t been served so it can’t speak to the suit.
“We have not formally been served with any papers, so without knowing the details of the suit, we’re unable to provide comment.”
None of the allegations have been proven in court.