Rahlves injured in glacier accident
Olympic speed skier Daron Rahlves of Truckee injured his right hip during training on a glacier in Norway, the U.S. Ski Team announced on Tuesday.
Rahlves, the U.S.’s top-rated super-G racer and emerging downhiller, was examined at a Lillehammer hospital Monday and early reports were the injury wasn’t as serious as two years ago when he dislocated the same hip.
It’s uncertain how the injury will impact Rahlves’ training.
Rahlves, 26, went down Monday on the Juvass Glacier near Lom, 120 miles northwest of Lillehammer. He was helicoptered to the hospital with Dr. Mel Boynton, the team’s physician, who was attending the camp. Rahlves returned to the team’s hotel in Lom on Monday night and coach Ueli Luthi, who met with doctors at the hospital, took him to Oslo on Tuesday for a flight home today. Rahlves was to fly home today for additional medical checkups and recuperation.
“Because this happened before, Daron said he knew what was going on and this seemed much easier,” said U.S. coach Martin Anderson. “He said it wasn’t even close to the same pain he had in New Zealand two years ago. He said he was moving around and things looked good. It shows how important it was that we had Dr. Benton with us; he was right there.”
Two years ago, Rahlves injured the hip in a fluke accident during preseason training when his ski became stuck in soft snow in New Zealand. A piece of hip bone also was used in the spring of 1997 to stabilize a chronic problem with his left shoulder.
Rahlves, a two-time U.S. giant slalom champion, had one of his best seasons a year ago, finishing in a tie for 11th in World Cup super-G points and scoring his first downhill points, in addition to competing in his first Olympics.
The son of a former jet ski distance jumping champion, Rahlves was the 1993 world jet ski titlist in the expert class before deciding to focus fulltime on ski racing.
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