Isaksen, who has the unusual talent of fencing with her right arm, but shooting with her left, battled with pain throughout the days disciplines.
“It was really quite painful. I came knowing that fencing would be the only thing that I could be in top form for, but I was disappointed with my fencing, which was unfortunately nothing to do with my hand,” said Isaksen. “After that I just kind of let it go because I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to perform very well. It was all quite painful to be honest, the swimming, the ride, actually the combined was the worst trying to shoot with my broken hand.”
With sights on London 2012, Isaksen did not want to miss the opportunity to compete in the World Cup Final.
“My coach and I sat down and discussed it and because it’s the first Olympic qualifier and a big point’s competition, I really thought it would be beneficial to come here and do my best. I came here fully knowing that I wasn’t going to do my best and if need be that I would pull out of the competition. I’m just glad I finished,” she said.
Isaksen sustained the break falling awkwardly from her horse during the warm up at the Kremlin’s Cup, but hopes the injury will not affect her Olympic qualification.
“This has really put a dampener on things, but hopefully it shouldn’t have harmed me too much and even if it did there’s nothing I can do about it now. I just have to train my hardest and be ready for the World Championships and Pan American Games.”
The two competitions will offer Isaksen the opportunity to stack up more points, but she wants to ensure she is fully fit entering into the events.
“I have three more weeks in a cast. I’m going to go home and get some x-rays, make sure I didn’t damage it any more than it already was, put it back in a cast and continue training the best I can to hopefully be in top form for the World Championships in early September,” said Isaksen.