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Casey Puckett's bid for fifth Olympics is in jeopardy

January 13, 2010 |  1:24 pm

Casey Puckett, the 37-year-old four-time Olympian in alpine skiing, might not make his fifth Olympic Games this year after suffering a severe shoulder injury in France.   

Fabforum Puckett came out of retirement to try to make it back to the Olympics in skicross this year. He finished fourth in a race in France last week, but didn't make it to the bottom in the final because of a nasty crash in which he separated his shoulder from his collarbone.

In a blog posting Wednesday, Puckett said he was awaiting the results of an MRI and was “actually optimistic” after speaking with doctors.

His fourth-place finish put him in good position to make the U.S. freestyle team, which will be named later this month.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Casey Puckett. Credit: Giuseppe Cacace, Getty Images.