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Freestyle skier Maggie Voisin won't compete in Sochi

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Fifteen-year-old freeskier Maggie Voisin, the youngest U.S. Olympian at the 2014 Games, won’t compete because of an injury that occurred during a training run Friday, USA Today reported.

"Maggie distinguished herself as one of the top slopestyle athletes in the world in qualifying for Team USA," Luke Bodensteiner, executive vice president for athletics for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, told USA Today. "We're disappointed for her in being unable to start but have great respect for what she accomplished to get here. Unfortunately there is not sufficient time to seek a replacement and have that athlete properly prepare for Tuesday's competition."

[ Related: White pulls out of 'too risky' slopestyle ]

The teen from Whitefish, Mont., who was set to be the youngest U.S. Olympian to compete since 1972, was training on the slopestyle course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park when she injured her right ankle on a rail feature. Doctors reportedly said she would not be able to recover before Tuesday’s freestyle slopestyle competition.

Voisin won a silver medal at the January X Games in Aspen, Colo. after landing a Switch 1080, a trick only one other female slopestyle skier has ever landed.

The Rhosa Khutor Extreme Park has come under scrutiny in recent days after several Olympians have gotten injured on the course. U.S. snowboarder Shaun White pulled out of the snowboard slopestyle competition after jamming his wrist in practice.  

“It’s intimidating,” White said of the course after his training run Tuesday.

Ironically, when Voisin was recently asked about the Rhosa Khutor Extreme Park, she said Sochi’s was no more dangerous than any other slopestyle course.

 

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