Olympian Daron Rahlves Reinjures Hip
Top Super-G Racer Returns to States
Tuesday, August 25, 1998

Daron Rahlves
Olympian Daron Rahlves, the US Ski Team's top super-G racer, injured his right hip Monday while training on a Norwegian glacier, the US Ski Team reported today. It is not yet known how the injury will impact his training.

Rahlves, 26, who was examined at a Lillehammer hospital, dislocated the same hip two years ago in New Zealand and early reports indicate this injury is not as serious.

"Because this happened before, Daron said he knew what was going on and this seemed much easier," men's coach Martin Andersen said from Lom. "He said it wasn't even close to the same pain he had two years ago. He said he was moving around and things looked good."

Emerging last year as a contending downhiller, Rahlves went down Monday on the Juvass Glacier near Lom, about 120 miles northwest of Lillehammer. He was helicoptered to the hospital with Dr. Mel Boynton, Ski Team physician, who was attending the training camp. Released the same day, Rahlves was to fly home Wednesday for an additional medical checkup.

The son of a former world jetski distance jumping champion, Rahlves was the 1993 world jetski champion in the expert class before deciding to focus full time on his ski racing.

Rahlves injury to the hip two years ago was the result of a fluke accident during preseason training when his ski became stuck in soft snow. In the spring of 1997, a piece of Rahlves's hip bone was used to stabilize a chronic problem with his left shoulder.

A two-time US giant slalom champion, Rahlves, of Truckee, California, had one of his best seasons last year. He finished in a tie for 11th place in World Cup super-G points, scored his first downhill points and competed in his first Olympics.

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