Koznick Could Miss Olympics with Knee Injury

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February 6, 2006

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP Press Release)—U.S. skier Kristina Koznick might miss the Turin Olympics with a knee injury, although she's putting off surgery in hopes of being able to rehab enough to compete.

Koznick wrote on her personal Web site that she partially tore a knee ligament during training in Ofterschwang, Germany, on Saturday.

Aiming to participate in what would be her third and final Winter Games, Koznick wrote: "I know it is a long shot, but the fighter in me can't let go. Hope is a very powerful thing.

She missed the 1994 Olympics after tearing a knee ligament and missed part of the 1995-96 World Cup season because of frostbite.

Koznick, 30, was planning on making this her final World Cup season, and she had two fourth-place finishes in recent slaloms.

She could be the second U.S. Ski Team member to miss the Feb. 10-26 Games because of a knee injury that came during World Cup training. Caroline Lalive, who also was aiming to make her third Olympic appearance, was hurt last month in downhill practice at Cortina d'Ampezzo when she landed awkwardly after a jump.

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