Olympic medalist Katie Hoff’s summer season has come to a close after surgery.
Hoff says she required surgery last month for an enlarged gland in her chest, and that recovery from the surgery will keep her out of U.S. Nationals next month.
This isn’t the first medical setback for Hoff in her comeback bid. The U.S. Olympian has had an ongoing struggle with blood clots in her lungs, a condition that is worsened by long-distance air travel. Hoff was starting to heat up last summer before the clots forced her to scratch most of her events at U.S. Nationals in Irvine, CA.
At the time, her symptoms were attributed to an “intercostal strain,” but a few months later, Hoff announced that she had learned that they were due to two blood clots in her chest.
“As a precaution, I have been advised to avoid international air travel for the time being,” Hoff said at the time.
She was forced to drop off the U.S.’s Short Course World Championships team in December, but was healthy enough to travel to the Arena Pro Swim stops in Orlando and Mesa earlier this year. Hoff trains out of Miami, Florida, so the Orlando trip wasn’t an overly long one, but the trip to Mesa spanned most of the country.
But for the second-straight year, Hoff’s hopes at U.S. Nationals will be sidetracked by another medical setback. Hoff said she will not compete at Nationals, but also provided SwimSwam a statement saying that she is already back in the water and hoping to get back into competition as soon as possible.
“I remain hopeful and committed to regaining my competitive form as soon as possible,” her statement said. “I am back in the water swimming, progressing steadily and doing whatever is necessary to recover in the best way for my health.”
Hoff is a 2008 Olympian who missed the 2012 Olympics and took a break from the sport in 2013. Her comeback run has looked great when she’s been in the pool, and if she can overcome the run of medical issues, she’ll be a candidate for the U.S. team at next summer’s Olympic Trials.