U.S. Olympic ski cross team, Daron Rahlves and Casey Puckett healed and ready for medals

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 17, 2010 7:37 am

The two-man U.S. Olympic ski cross team is made up of rockstars Daron Rahlves and Casey Puckett. As ski cross is making its Olympic debut this year, the hype leading up to this event has been intense.

Ski cross fans were even more crushed than normal, as expected, when both Daron and Casey were injured last month in competition. Casey separated his left shoulder during a race on January 10th (which he then re-aggravated at the X Games). Also at the X Games, Daron dislocated his right hip.

For the last week, Daron and Casey have been training in Sugar Bowl, California, where officials built a practice course just for them. They’re set to arrive in Vancouver on Thursday, and they’re feeling good. Injuries are healed, spirits are high, and their coach thinks medal contention is a definite possibility. “Considering that both are coming back from injuries, their recoveries have been outstanding,” said U.S. Olympic ski cross head coach Tyler Shepherd. “I’m not sure other athletes would be capable of such speedy recoveries, but these guys are extremely motivated. I stand by what I’ve been saying, and will say it again that both Daron and Casey will be podium threats.”