Injury takes Kashima out of Olympic consideration |

Injury takes Kashima out of Olympic consideration

Pursuing an Olympic dream produces many highs and lows.

The lows don’t get any tougher than the one dealt to South Lake Tahoe freestyle skier Sho Kashima on Tuesday.

Kashima, one of the U.S.’s top moguls skiers, suffered a major knee injury in training for upcoming Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley, Utah, ending his effort to qualify for upcoming Winter Games in Vancouver.

The team only had three events remaining before selections to the Olympics would be finalized.

Christopher Craig, a agent/manager for Kashima, reported on Wednesday afternoon that the 2009 U.S. National dual moguls champion suffered ACL, medial meniscus and lateral meniscus tears to his left knee.

Craig said Kashima plans to have surgery as soon as possible.

After a slow start to his season, Kashima’s results had spiked in recent contests. Last weekend in Calgary, Kashima placed seventh and 11th in a pair of singles events. He had been the second-best American in the past two contests.

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