Valentina Gonzalez retuned home to Chile for surgery on her ankle

Injury Update: Valentina Gonzalez’s Season Cut Short Due to Ankle Injury


Injury update: Valentina Gonzalez’s season cut short due to ankle injury

Valentina Gonzalez retuned home to Chile for surgery on her ankle

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By Jack Burden

Valentina Gonzalez, a rising star in women’s jump, has been dealt a devastating setback as her 2023 season comes to an abrupt end due to a severe ankle injury sustained during practice. The injury occurred just days before the record-breaking Malibu Open. Gonzalez underwent surgery yesterday after traveling back to Santiago, Chile to initiate her journey to recovery.

Throughout the season, Gonzalez has been one of the most consistent jumpers on the professional circuit, finishing no worse than sixth. Her consistency resulted in a commendable fifth-place finish on the Waterski Pro Tour. Notable highlights of her season include securing a third-place finish at the LA Night Jam and fourth-place finishes at prestigious events like the Moomba and U.S. Masters tournaments.

The most heart-wrenching aspect of this injury is the timing, as Gonzalez had earned a coveted spot to represent Chile at both the upcoming World Championships and Pan American Games. However, this unfortunate turn of events means she will be sidelined for these significant international competitions, putting her dreams of competing at the highest level on hold.

Despite the injury disrupting her season, Gonzalez remains resolute. She stated, “I’ll never get the answer of ‘why me’ and ‘why now.’ But something that I do know is that I’ll work as hard as I work on the water, off the water to come back stronger.” Her message: “Don’t take anything for granted.” We extend our heartfelt wishes for a swift and full recovery to Gonzalez and eagerly await her return to the water.