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Eileen Gu injures knee in ski crash, withdraws from X Games

Eileen Gu

ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 10: Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China looks on during the Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe Final on Day 6 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park on February 10, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Freestyle skier Eileen Gu said she suffered a bad MCL strain, ACL strain and a bone bruise in a heavy training crash on Friday and withdrew from the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

“Had a heavy crash today in training and was told by doctors that they were worried about my ACL,” Gu posted on social media. “Had the most agonizing couple hours waiting to get an MRI until I finally got my results back about 30 mins ago. Turns out my knee is intact!! So so lucky to be walking away with a bad MCL sprain, ACL strain, and bone bruise. The bad news is I won’t be competing at Xgames this weekend. The last few hours really put everything in perspective and made me realize how important it is to keep my body healthy. I’ll be back soon.”

Gu, who won two golds and one bronze as the biggest host nation star at last year’s Olympics, was due to compete in ski halfpipe on Saturday and ski slopestyle on Sunday at the annual X Games.

The 19-year-old made her season debut last weekend with two World Cup ski halfpipe wins in Calgary.

Gu had been expected to compete at next month’s world championships in Georgia (the country, not the state). Her events begin Feb. 26, but she has not announced how the injury affects those plans.

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