Montreal, Canada Jan. 17, 2002 (AP)--A neck injury that left Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau just inches from being paralyzed will keep the Canadian moguls skier out of next month's Winter Olympics.
Rousseau underwent surgery last week in France to repair a fractured vertebra he suffered after ramming his neck into a mogul during a fall while training for a World Cup event. He returned to Montreal on Tuesday, where doctors told him he must wear a cervical collar for six weeks. It will be at least three months before he can begin skiing moguls again.
The Salt Lake City Games begin Feb. 8.
"For me to go to the Olympics would be impossible,'' Rousseau said.
"I kind of knew that was coming, but I kept the faith on going to the Olympics and having a really good comeback. The risk of having a quadriplegic experience after a little fall would be too much.
"I don't want to take that chance with my life.''
Rousseau, 21, placed second at last year's world freestyle championships and third in the World Cup mogul rankings the last two seasons.
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