Heidi Kloser Injury: Updates on Skier's Knee and Recovery

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2014

USA Today

Heidi Kloser faces a race against time to compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics after the American moguls skier injured her knee during practice.

ESPN later reported that Kloser suffered a torn ACL, which would end her Olympic hunt: 

She suffered a full tear of her anterior cruciate ligament, a partial tear of her medial collateral ligament and an impact bruise to her tibial plateau in her knee, as well as an impact fracture to her femur.

Kloser, 21, had to be helped off the mountain and was taken to the medical clinic in the athletes village for evaluation.

Mike Kloser, the athlete's father, confirmed his daughter is extremely disappointed to potentially miss out on Feb. 8's mogul qualifiers. Per Jason Blevins of the Denver Post:

"She's completely bummed, as we are," confirmed the concerned parent. "She was really hoping, all things considered, to at least be able to start in Saturday's final qualifier."

Feb 6, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUS; Heidi Kloser (USA) is transported off the course by medical personnel during warm-ups for the ladies' freestyle skiing moguls of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rho
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This is Kloser's first appearance at the Winter Olympics, but the 21-year-old isn't the first to feel the wrath of Russia's apparatus.

As reported by Mike Dawes of the Daily Mail, Italy's Elena Franchini suffered a fall during her downhill session on Feb. 6. She won't succumb to any lasting effects, unlike Jung-Hwa Seo of South Korea, who was led away on a stretcher after a heavy drop during training.

Kloser has responded to well-wishers on Twitter as she takes time to recover:

 Be sure to stick with Bleacher Report for updates on Kloser's progress.