Emma Snowsill Injures Heel, Pulls Out Of ITU World Cup Opener

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Race favorite, Olympic champ won’t race in Mooloolaba this weekend.

Australia’s Emma Snowsill has withdrawn from the 2011 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup just days out from the season opener. The Olympic champion is frustrated at the news but buoyed by the fact it is only a minor foot injury and that she will be ready for the opening round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship in Sydney on April 10.

Snowsill has been getting treatment in the last week and was advised not to run in an attempt to get it right before Mooloolaba although it hasn’t affected her swimming or cycling.

“It’s really a precautionary measure not to compete this weekend. Although I’m eager to race again I have to resist the temptation and think of the bigger picture. The complaint is a minor one with some inflamation in my heel. I made the decision not to race with my coach and physio to give my ankle the best chance to completely heal,” said Snowsill from her Noosa base.

Snowsill withdrew following discussions with Triathlon Australia and AIS Head Coach Shaun Stephens.

“I saw Emma last week and she complained of a minor heel complaint and Triathlon Australia is certainly fully supportive of her decision to withdraw from Mooloolaba,” Stephens said.

“Triathlon is a very demanding sport these days and when you have Olympic selection on top of everything else, you can’t afford to take any chances.”

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