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Daron Rahlves crashes at the X Games Ski Cross quarterfinals

Daron Rahlves crashes at the X Games Ski Cross quarterfinals

[ Sun, 2010-01-31 20:09 ]
Daron Rahlves
Just two weeks before ski cross makes its debut at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the U.S. Ski Team's biggest medal hope and most decorated alpine speed racer Daron Rahlves suffers a horrific crash in Aspen.

As he attempted to pass another competitor in the tricky rhythm section of the X Games ski cross course Sunday, 2010 Olympic medal hopeful Daron Rahlves crashed hard, potentially ending his season. Rahlves was taken off the course in a sled and immediately transferred to Aspen Valley Hospital, where initial reports indicate he suffered a dislocated right hip and a potential concussion. Rahlves, who won just about everything but an Olympic medal in his impressive alpine racing career, made the switch to ski cross several years ago and is America's top hope to win a medal in the event when it debuts in the Winter Olympics in February. According to Rahlves's family, this is the fourth time he's dislocated that hip, and within a couple hours of the accident, he was said to be up and weight-bearing. Doctors say he'll be released from the hospital before the end of the day Sunday. His family says they're still hopeful he'll be able to compete in Whistler.

Clike here to see footage of the crash and read more about his condition.

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