Teenage US star out of slopestyle after crash

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 08 2014 05:33 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2014 01:33 AM

ROSA KHUTOR - Teenage US freestyle skiing starlet Maggie Voisin has been forced to pull out of the Winter Olympics in Sochi after injuring her ankle in a fall.

The 15-year-old was set to become the youngest American to feature at a Winter Games since Kay Lunda competed in the speed skating in Sapporo in 1972 at just 14 years 288 days.

Voisin injured her ankle on a rail during training on Friday and team officials decided she would not be able to recover in time for Tuesday's slopestyle heats.

Voisin was a silver medallist at last month's X-Games and one of the favourites for gold in Sochi.

She is the second withdrawal from the American freestyle team in the past couple of days following Heidi Kloser's crash in moguls training on Thursday.

Kloser tore her cruciate knee ligament and broke her thigh bone in the incident, although she still made it to Friday's opening ceremony by hobbling on crutches.

There have been a raft of injuries in the daredevil sports of freestyle skiing and snowboarding at the Games, with Japanese moguls skier Miki Ito also pulling out following a crash while Norwegian snowboarder Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone in a training fall on the slopestyle course.

The most high-profile crash was that of American snowboard legend Shaun White, who pulled out of the slopestyle event after hurting his wrist and ankle in a crash, although he will still compete in the halfpipe, in which he is the double defending champion.

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