Saturday, January 25, 2014

Japanese Skier Yuasa Has Surgery, May Miss Sochi

Japanese alpine skier Naoki Yuasa had surgery on Monday for a broken ankle, but still hopes to compete in the men's slalom event at the Sochi Olympics in February, his coach Naomine Iwaya said. 
The 30 year old broke his right ankle when he took a spill competing in the men's World Cup slalom in Wengen, Switzerland on Sunday. He had two bolts inserted in the ankle at a hospital at Innsbruck Monday to repair the fracture.
Iwaya said the prognosis is optimistic for Yuasa, who will immediately begin rehab on his ankle so he can compete in the downhill event at Sochi on February 22nd. 
"It looks as if he will be able to start in the Olympics," Iwaya said. 
Reference: Japan Times
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