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Olympics 2010: Injured Puckett Still Hopes to Make Fifth Olympics

Olympics 2010: Injured Puckett Still Hopes to Make Fifth Olympics

[ January 13, 2010 - 6:36pm ]
Casey Puckett
Photo by: Andrew Chapman
After visit to Vail shoulder specialist, U.S. ski crosser is “optimistic.” reports that Casey Puckett still thinks he has a chance of recovering enough from his shoulder injury to compete in the Whistler games. “I’m actually optimistic after talking to Dr. Millet (Vail-based shoulder specialist Dr. Peter Millet),” said Puckett. “He thinks I may still have a shot.”

Puckett injured the shoulder in a crash last week at Les Contamines, France. He told CTV: “I was one turn away from my first World Cup Ski Cross win when I lost my balance, got tripped up by a gate panel and found myself in yet another ugly/spectacular fall. … Suddenly a wave of terrible thoughts enters my mind. ‘Oh my god, I think I just broke my clavicle... I'm done for the run at the Olympics is over.' I sit up and look at my ski, which is almost broken in two. It was one of my fastest pairs of skis. I let out three primeval screams when I realize that I just went from the top of the world to nothing, in a tenth of a second."