Four-time world shot put champion Valerie Adams to go under the knife in order to keep her dreams of a third consecutive Olympic gold alive
Valerie Adams is set to have surgery on her right knee and left ankle in the hope of combating ongoing problems to keep her dreams of claiming a third consecutive Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 alive.
Such is the New Zealand shot putter’s dominance in her event, Adams has managed to extend her unbeaten streak to 42 consecutive wins while below her best in a season that has seen her become the first woman ever to win four successive world titles in the same event as well as claim another Diamond League title.
“The ankle has been niggling for a few years. It jams when I throw, and the knee has been ongoing as well,” Adams told Simon Plumb of the Sunday News. “They’re both a case of wear and tear, gradual over time, and they need maintenance.”
The 28-year-old, who is set to go under the knife in Auckland on Friday, admitted how the injuries could have caused her to end her season back in June had it not been for her “very high pain threshold”.
“This season has been too busy to have surgery before now and I’ve been able to strap myself up and alter my training to get through it,” read a quote from the two-time Olympic champion on stuff.co.nz. ”In June I could have pulled the pin on the whole season, it was that bad. But now is the time to get the work done and not carry on relying on cortisone shots.”
Adams is yet to decide which events she might contest in 2014, though confirms she intends to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the summer and is adamant she has no plans to retire just yet.