Zurrer's second Olympics cut short

Emily Zurrer — shown here being honoured by the City of Duncan in December — will have to sit out the Olympics due to a torn hamstring. - Peter W. Rusland/file
Emily Zurrer — shown here being honoured by the City of Duncan in December — will have to sit out the Olympics due to a torn hamstring.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Emily Zurrer's participation in her second Olympics is over before it started.

You may have noticed the valley soccer star's absence from the Canadian women's soccer team lineup for the first two games in the London 2012 games.

Zurrer, 25, tore a hamstring in a pre-Olympic camp in Switzerland before leaving for London.

She was out of action during the tournament opener, a 2-1 loss to Japan.

"After rehabbing religiously for two weeks straight, I tested it out right before our second game versus South Africa to see if I was able to play, and I ended up re-tearing it in a different location,'' explained Zurrer in an email to the News Leader Pictorial from London.

With a recovery time of at least three weeks, she's definitely out for the rest of the tournament. Zurrer gave up her accreditation Monday to a teammate who will take her spot on the roster.

"It is awful timing for my first serious injury, but I've accepted it and am ready to represent the Cowichan Valley and my country off the pitch this time,'' she noted.

"The support as always has been incredible and I also want to thank those who offered me their hamstrings. If I tear it one more time, I will be taking someone up on at least one of those offers.''

Coming off a 3-0 win over South Africa, Canada went against Sweden Tuesday morning our time and "are feeling confident going into this game against an opponent that we have met twice already this year,'' Zurrer offered. "We won the first, they won the second.''

Zurrer's injury is ironic since she worked so hard to get back on the roster after being left off it by coach John Herdman during the Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver.


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