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U.S. skier Resi Stiegler out for season after training crash

November 20, 2009 |  4:28 pm

Olympic hopeful Resi Stiegler was declared out for the season Friday after surgery was required on her left leg, which was fractured in a training-run crash Thursday at Colorado's Copper Mountain, the U.S. ski team announced.

The injury occurred when Stiegler hooked a gate during a giant slalom run on the same day the U.S. team was holding its pre-Olympic media day for the women's alpine team in advance of the 2010 Vancouver Games.

U.S. ski team Medical Director Richard Quincy said Stiegler suffered fractures of the tibia and femur. Stiegler, who turned 24 on Nov. 14, finished 11th in combined and 12th in slalom at the 2006 Turin Olympics but her career has been marred by injuries. She returned from injuries on last year's World Cup circuit to post a 19th-place slalom finish at the world championships, only to break her foot soon after that.

Stiegler was scheduled to ski at the World Cup event at Aspen, Colo., Nov. 28-29.