Kuusamo, Finland – Inge Braten, the Canadian World Cup coach, fell and broke his hip today in Finland. Braten, a native of Norway, slipped outside his apartment near the ski stadium.
“I was busy on the phone, and suddenly my legs were gone and I could not catch myself . The first thing that I thought was that this I don’t have time for this,” said Braten.
He required surgery and was operated on in Oulu University hospital, 3 hours from Kuusamo, and is expected to be in hospital for up to a week. Recovery can be expected to take up to 6 weeks.
Braten did not seem optimistic, telling reporters, “I fear that my career as head coach of Canada ended here.”
Braten also coached the Norwegian National Team during the 1994 Olympics in Lillehamar, and Sweden in 2006. He was brought on just this year to lead the Canadian team at the Vancouver Games.