U.S. National Moguls Champ Sho Kashima out for season as freestyle skiers roll into Deer Valley for pre-Olympic World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 13, 2010 2:09 pm

The Visa Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley, UT kicks off tomorrow with the women’s and men’s moguls event and unfortunately the 2009 U.S. Freestyle Dual Moguls Champ Sho Kashima won’t be skiing. The Westminster College student crashed Tuesday in training on Champion, the resort’s infamously steep 2002 Olympic course and significantly damaged his knee. Kashima actually injured his knee while skiing the giant bumps, before his fall.

“Man… almost couldn’t process what the doc said,” Kashima said via Facebook. “Severe knee damage: ACL tear, complex medial meniscus tear, lateral meniscus tear, and “possible floating tissue”… He said that my meniscus may not be able to be repaired… scary!”

Kashima’s injury is an unfortunate blow to the U.S Freestyle Ski Team, who while amazingly strong, is still assembling its 2010 Olympic Team and the Deer Valley World Cup is one of two remaining chances to qualify. Kashima was a frontrunner, having racked up about a dozen top-ten World Cup results in his young career. He was seventh just last weekend at Calgary.

“My season’s over,” Kashima wrote immediately after his accident. “I cried once I got in the sled and probably 30 minutes after that. it’s all good though, i’ll be in the middle of the street again real soon, life will move on and i WILL get really good at xbox.”

Kashima, who originally hails from West Texas, almost always wears a smile on his face, and we wish him the best and hope that smile comes back really soon.

photo: USSA