Moseley iffy for World Cup event |

Moseley iffy for World Cup event

Steve Yingling

If the World Cup moguls event transpired Wednesday at Heavenly Ski Resort, the sport’s premiere attraction, Jonny Moseley, would have been a spectator.

An extremely painful hematoma, spanning from the middle of Moseley’s back to his buttocks, has rendered the Olympic gold medalist questionable for Heavenly’s first World Cup freestyle competition.

“I couldn’t ski today. I just need time. It restricts my movement. We’ll see if it comes back in a couple days, otherwise I don’t know,” said Moseley, who spent much of a stormy Wednesday lounging in his room at the Horizon Casino Resort.

The slow-healing hematoma was serious enough to force the 23-year-old Moseley to miss last weekend’s World Cup stop in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Moseley suffered the hematoma during two practice run wipeouts prior to Winter X Games free skiing big air competition last Thursday.

“The truth is I was doing a 720 jump that is actually pretty easy for me. I’ve got it wired, but I was testing out some new skis that were really flimsy. On the landing I was leaning back on the tails and they bent 90 degrees and it put me on my (butt) so quick, sending me sliding into the fences,” he said.

“I know I had to compete in the World Cup the next day, so I wasn’t going for anything that I didn’t know how to do. I was just sticking with what could win for me but could get beat with.”

Moseley finished second to Canada’s J.F. Cusson, losing the gold medal on his final jump as the Canadian entered the jump backward and landed his aerial backward.

Afterward, Moseley’s backside swelled, forcing him to withdraw from the skier cross.

According to U.S. Team Physical Therapist Kim Nelson, Moseley has been receiving daily messages, heat therapy and electrical stimulation to lessen the pain.

The prospect of possibly missing Lake Tahoe area’s debut in the World Cup freestyle skiing depressed Moseley.

“To do everything I could to help have it here and not be able to compete, it’s (disappointing),” he said. “I’m still glad it’s here and it will be a good event even if I’m not in it. But I’d still like to compete in front of a hometown crowd. We’ll see.”

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