Monday, March 30, 2015

Another injured American skier

While all the attention -- and rightfully so -- has been focused on Lindsey Vonn, another American skier has suffered an injury.

Another injured American skier

While all the attention -- and rightfully so -- has been focused on Lindsey Vonn, another American skier has suffered an injury.

The women's downhill training run was canceled today because of thick fog and low visibility after only two skiers went down the mountain, but only one made it safely -- Italy's Lucia Recchia.

American Stacey Cook was airlifted for treatment following a crash.

"Stacey has been released from the Whistler Olympic Village Polyclinic and her prognosis is good," U.S. Olympic team chief medical officer Dr. Jim Moeller said in a statement. "She's undergone a complete evaluation by our medical team in Whistler and has received diagnostic x-rays and a CT scan, which all came back negative. We expect her to have some pain and stiffness over the next 24 to 48 hours, but provided she does well with treatment, we expect that she'll make a full recovery. We'll continue to evaluate her and work with the U.S. Ski Team to try and get her back competing as quickly as possible."

The USOC said Cook landed on the back of her skis off the top jump while skiing in good visibility and crashed into the safety fencing. As a standard precaution and part of the normal protocol at Whistler Creekside, she was evacuated from the mountain by helicopter.

Cook will continue to be evaluated and hasn't been ruled out for Friday's training run scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time. Two more women’s training sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday before Sunday’s super-combined race.
 

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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

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