The U.S. Ski Team’s Heidi Kloser of Vail, Colo. suffered a serious leg injury while warming up for Olympic moguls qualification at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park Thursday (Feb. 6), and she has been ruled out for the Sochi Games.
“I saw an American coach quickly put his skis on and rush down and I thought, ‘Oh, no, that’s Heidi,'” Hannah Kearney told the Denver Post.
Kloser, 21, was considered a top contender in the women’s Olympic mogul event, as she currently sits fourth in the World Cup seasonal standings. She most recently podiumed at the Lake Placid World Cup, finishing second on Jan. 15. While warming up for her qualification run in Sochi, Kloser fell and suffered a leg injury that was later diagnosed by the U.S. Ski Team’s Dr. William Sterett as a complete ACL tear, partial MCL tear, impact fracture of the femur, and an impact bruise of the tibial plateau.
“Heidi’s doing ok, but there’s moments when the reality of it all hits home, she’s a tough one, but this is a tough one to swallow for all of us!” Kloser’s father, Mike, wrote on his Facebook page.
Kloser still attended the Opening Ceremony with her teammates on Friday evening, walking with the Team USA delegation despite her injuries.