The former Fitness Olympia champion faces a long recovery.
After winning the first of two rounds in her division, Missy Truscott looked on course to secure her third Fitness Olympia title at the 2023 Olympia.
Then the nightmare began.
Truscott’s dream of becoming a three-time champion was shattered during the performance round due to a devastating set of injuries that left her in immense pain and unable to complete her routine. On November 11, 2023, the award-winning Fitness athlete discussed the extent of the damage in a video posted to her YouTube page, revealing he suffered not only a torn ACL but also meniscal tears on both sides of his left knee.
In the wake of her heartbreaking experience in Orlando, Florida, Truscott admitted she was dealing with “severe” pain in her left quad and left knee. Worried that she might have torn her quad on stage as well, she was able to breathe a small sigh of relief after receiving the results of the MRI.
Although Truscott’s surgeon informed her that she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus on both the outside and inside of the same knee, the two-time Fitness Olympia winner avoided the worst-case scenario.
“The quad is intact so I’m really happy about that,” explained Truscott. “I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel here. My surgeon is very confident that I will make a full recovery. It’s just going to take some time.”
With her pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation already scheduled, Truscott will undergo surgery “in the near future” to repair the damaged knee ligaments. Facing a difficult road to recovery that will take several months, she expressed her gratitude for all the support she has received since her significant setback.
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Although she seemed optimistic about the future, Truscott didn’t have the same happy attitude about a controversial move as one of her peers.
During her gymnastics routine, 2021 Fitness Olympia champion Whitney Jones threw a shark brace from a pole – an act Truscott deemed “petty” and “below a champion”. Considering that Truscott’s Team Apex Training logo features a great white shark, it certainly seems like Jones made a conscious decision to incorporate the reigning champion’s signature animal in a humiliating way.
“You wouldn’t see Chris Bumstead bringing a dinosaur to the press conference or Derek Lunsford bringing a wolf to the press conference,” Truscott said. “I think he tried to shoot me and missed completely.”
Ultimately, though, the revered former champion took a bigger-picture approach when talking about the future of the sport.
“I’ve had a career in bodybuilding and I’m so excited to see the IFBB Fitness division grow,” said Truscott. “We have a lot of talented women coming into the sport and I’m very excited to see how much it will grow this year.”
Vowing to come back better than ever, Truscott need not worry about qualifying for the 2024 Olympia thanks to her former champion. However, it will be interesting to see if the apparent rivalry between her and Jones will continue whenever the two Fitness athletes share the stage again.
Featured Image: Missy Truscott / YouTube