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American freestyler Heidi Kloser out with broken leg
Kloser tore knee ligaments and broke her femur in a crash Thursday.
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AP 6:17 a.m. EST February 7, 2014
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — American Heidi Kloser had to pull out of the Olympics after injuring her right leg during a training run before moguls qualifying.
Kloser tore knee ligaments and broke her femur in a crash Thursday night, only moments before she was supposed to head to the starting gate.
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Kloser’s father, Mike, posting on his Facebook page, said Heidi asked him if he still considered her an Olympian even though she didn’t make it to the starting line in her first games.
“We said, of course she is,” Mike Kloser wrote.
A five-year veteran of the U.S. Freestyle team, the 21-year-old Kloser had four top-10 finishes, including a career-best second-place finish in Kreischberg, Austria, during the 2013 World Cup season. She was ranked second in the U.S and fourth in the world entering the competition.
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