Training injury ends Biesemeyer’s ski season

United States' Thomas Biesemeyer makes a jump during men's downhill training at the Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Saturday. (AP photo — Alessandro Trovati)

Alpine skier Tommy Biesemeyer, of Keene, suffered a heartbreaking injury in training today that ended his first Olympics right before they were about to begin.

On the eve of his first Olympic event, the men’s downhill, his right ankle was hurt during training, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard officials. Team medical staff took him to a local clinic, where he was treated and released.

It turns out that he ruptured his Achilles tendon, according to Megan Harrod, U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s alpine press officer. Not only will he miss both of the Olympic events he was set to race in — the downhill and super-G — but he will be out for the rest of the season, Harrod said.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle of Starksboro, Vermont, will take Biesemeyer’s place in the downhill, scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. today Eastern time (11:30 a.m. Thursday Korea time) in Jeongseon, South Korea.

The super-G, scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Thursday Eastern time (11:30 a.m. Friday Korea time), will still include two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, but not Biesemeyer.

“I wonder why this happens,” Biesemeyer said in a press release from U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “It is hard to not think if there is a deeper meaning to it all. You are supposed to be optimistic in times like these and say something like, ‘I will come back stronger than ever.’ But I just can’t bring myself to do it. I am honored to have been named to Team USA, and walking in the Opening Ceremony is a moment I’ll never forget.”


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