Virus forces Brumley out

23 February 2006

A viral illness and respiratory problems have forced asthmatic cross-country skier Clare-Louise Brumley out of the 30km freestyle mass start event at Pragelato Plan on 24 February (Day 14).

The 28-year-old arrived in Sestriere suffering from a cold but still managed to compete in the women’s 15km cross-country on 12 February (Day 2), finishing 42nd.

Australian Team Medical Director, Dr Peter Braun said Brumley had caught another cold since then, which had developed into bronchitis.

“She has never really shaken the virus and has been unwell since arriving here,” Dr Braun said.

“Clare-Louise suffers from asthma and she knew her participation in the cross-country would make it worse.

“She tried to train last Sunday (Day 9) for 15 minutes but said she just couldn’t do it.”

Coach Finn Marsland and Australian medical staff gave Brumley every possible chance to compete in her second event at the Games.

“It is the correct decision for her not to compete,” Dr Braun said.

“Clare-Louise just doesn’t have the exercise capacity at the moment.

“It is just a matter of timing. If the event was in a few weeks time she probably would be OK."

Melbourne-based Brumley has managed her asthma while in Sestriere using the maximum doses of her preventer.

“There is nothing more we can do,” Dr Braun said.

“Her asthma has been well-managed.

“But this goes with the territory. Endurance athletes are particularly vulnerable to these illnesses because of the demands of their sport.

“This type of competition can knock their immune system around and it takes time to recover.”

Tracy Parish/AOC
Torino

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