Winter X Games: Rahlves goes down hard in skiercross wreck
February 1, 2010
ASPEN, Colo. and#8212; Truckee’s Daron Rahlves dislocated his right hip after a nasty wreck in his opening skiercross race Sunday at the Winter X Games.
The injury is a setback as Rahlves prepares to compete in Vancouver, but a doctor who checked him out at the scene was optimistic after the crash that resulted in the 36-year-old’s fourth hip dislocation.
and#8220;People who have multiple hip dislocations, the tissues get so loose and go in and out and it doesn’t cause so much damage,and#8221; said Dr. Kevin Stone, who looked in on Rahlves after the wreck. and#8220;Hopefully, that’s the situation here and hopefully he can come back quickly.and#8221;
A few hours after the accident, X Games officials said the hip had been popped back into place, and that Rahlves was putting pressure on it. He was released from Aspen Valley Hospital late Sunday afternoon.
Rahlves, a former Alpine skier, qualified for his fourth Olympic team this year and was using the X Games as a final tuneup before the trip to Vancouver.
In his opening race, though, he lost his balance while going over a series of small bumps midway down the mountain and went flying off the course.
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Earlier in the week, America’s other skicross Olympian, Casey Puckett of Old Snowmass, landed awkwardly during a run and suffered what he called a minor setback in his recovery from a separated shoulder.
Led by Chris Del Bosco, the Canadians swept the medals in men’s skiercross on Sunday. Dave Duncan took second and Brady Leman captured third.
Leman was in the same heat as Rahlves, but was out in front of the accident.
and#8220;I had no idea that Daron went down, until I crossed the finish line,and#8221; Leman said. and#8220;I was expecting to turn around and see either him or my two teammates I started the heat with right behind me. … From what I heard, he just got tossed around a bit in there.and#8221;
On the women’s side, Canada’s Ashleigh McIvor finished runner-up to France’s Ophelie David, who won her fourth straight title. McIvor’s teammate, Kelsey Serwa, wound up third.