The injuries continue to stack up for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
As if the living conditions of Sochi, Russia weren’t bad enough, the Winter Games have seen far more injuries than anyone could have anticipated this early in the competition. The latest to fall is American mogul skier Heidi Kloser, who completely tore her ACL, partially tore her MCL and had a small fracture in her femur due to an accident minutes before she was set to make her opening run.
It’s a tragic story for the 21-year-old, who was making her first appearance in the Olympics. What makes it even more heart wrenching is the conversation she had with her father after the accident.
According to Kloser’s father, Mike Kloser, his daughter asked her family if they still thought of her as an Olympian even though she never officially made a run in the Winter Games. Obviously, the family is incredibly proud of her achievement and they think nothing less of her.
Life is strange in that we get thrown curveballs all the time. At this moment, Kloser feels horrible because she was so close to achieving her Olympic dream, but now will have to come back to the states to begin the long physical rehabilitation process. Even though it seems like all is lost, the reality is she can bounce back from this better than ever if she’s willing to put in the hard work.
Before she heads home, she still plans to walk in the Opening Ceremony on Friday.
“Heading to Opening Ceremonies! Excited that I will still get to walk! #Olympics #TeamUSA #Sochi2014 #ice,” tweeted Kloser Friday morning.
Kloser was named the FIS World Cup women’s moguls Rookie of the Year in 2010. Also, she was ranked fourth in the world heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics.