2010 Olympics Watch: Rahlves, Puckett will be ‘ready to go’ despite injuries
February 2, 2010
The CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association says U.S. Olympic freestyle skiers Daron Rahlves of Truckee and Casey Puckett are recuperating at home and should be ready for the Vancouver Games.
Rahlves was released from the hospital Sunday after dislocating his hip in a nasty wreck during his opening skicross race at the Winter X Games. Puckett, the Americans’ other skicross Olympian, had a minor setback last week in his recovery from a separated shoulder after landing awkwardly during a run.
U.S. Ski and Snowboard CEO Bill Marolt said Monday he expects Rahlves and Puckett both will be “fully ready to go” by the time they arrive in Vancouver. Skicross makes its Olympic debut Feb. 21 with the men’s race.
Former Olympians in Alpine skiing, Rahlves and Puckett are both still in search of their first Olympic medal.
Before his setback, Rahlves had planned to compete in two sanctioned U.S. Skiing FIS Nor-Am Cup skicross races at Sugar Bowl, his home resort, on Tuesday and Wednesday. But instead he’ll use the time to recuperate.
Truckee’s Errol Kerr, who will represent Jamaica at the 2010 Olympic Games, is slated to compete at Sugar Bowl this week.
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Sugar Bowl also will host a U.S. Olympic Camp from Feb. 13-17.