American skier Heidi Kloser will not realize her Olympic dreams after a broken leg during a training run forced her out of the competition.
Fox News reported Kloser, 21, broke her femur
in a crash right before she was to enter the mogul qualifiers Thursday night.
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Many people sent their condolences and good wishes to Kloser online.
Her father, Mike Kloser, posted on his Facebook page, after explaining the extent of Kloser’s injuries, “When she was in the ambulance, she asked Emily and me if she was still an Olympian.... We said of course she is! Thanks for all the support we have already received from so many of you. We LOVE you HEIDI!!!!”
Her mother, Emily Kloser, wrote, “I am still in disbelief over what just happened to Heidi Kloser tonight. I am so amazed at what poise, strength and character she had through the whole ordeal tonight. I could not be more proud of my little girl for that than if she has won the gold medal. Thank you to all the people who were with us tonight and all of you who have sent Mike Kloser and me such kind and wonderful messages. It helps.”
Kloser tweeted Friday that she was thrilled to be able to walk in the opening ceremonies.
As news of her injury spread among her Olympic teammates, some said they had to stay out of their heads and just forge ahead through their qualifying runs.
"For me, at least, I can't let it touch me for a little while. That may seem cold, but I put my music on and I look away. I had to look away and keep going," Heather McPhie told the Denver Post.
"I saw my score and the first thing I did was go to my coaches and say, 'What's up with Heidi?'"
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