Casey Puckett opens up about his recent injury

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 13, 2010 1:33 pm

U.S. Ski Cross racer Casey Puckett blogged this morning about his recent shoulder separation, and injury that, while getting better, is still quite painful and may knock him from Olympic contention. He suffered the injury last Sunday, January 10th during a World Cup race in Les Contamines, France. He explains: “Two days ago I was one turn away from my first World Cup Ski Cross win when I lost my balance, got tripped up by a gate panel and found myself in yet another ugly/spectacular fall. The result of the fall is an AC joint separation, which means my shoulder separated from my clavicle. Clearly this is not an ideal situation 30 days before the Olympics.”

Casey has been a stellar addition to the ski cross crew since he left the alpine world for it in 2008. He continues: “I have never in my life experienced such a dramatic change of fortunes in such a short amount of time. I try to move and feel a sharp pain in my shoulder. Suddenly a wave of terrible thoughts enters my mind. ‘Oh my god, I think I just broke my clavicle… I’m done for the year…my run at the Olympics is over.’ I sit up and look at my ski, which is almost broken in two. It was one of my fastest pairs of skis. I let out three primeval screams when I realize that I just went from the top of the world to nothing, in a tenth of a second.”

Casey is now home, in Vail Colorado where he got an MRI. Doctors are optimistic. “I’m actually optimistic after talking to Dr. Millet,” wrote Puckett. “He thinks I may still have a shot. I know I’m in for some intense therapy and rehab. I will be missing some races. But my dreams of a fifth Olympic appearance are still alive.”

Get better soon Casey! We’re thinking of you over here at TSC!