Team USA downhill skier Thomas Biesemeyer suffered a ruptured right achilles tendon during downhill training on Wednesday, Feb. 14. He was taken by team medical staff to a local clinic, where he was treated and released. He will not be able to compete in the men’s downhill on Thursday, Feb. 15. His place in the race will be taken by Ryan Cochran-Siegle.

For Biesemeyer, it was a heartbreaking injury on the eve of his first Olympic event.


“I wonder why this happens,” Biesemeyer said. “It is hard to not think if there is a deeper meaning to it all. You are supposed to be optimistic in times like these and say something like, ‘I will come back stronger than ever.’ But I just can’t bring myself to do it. I am honored to have been named to Team USA and walking in the Opening Ceremony is a moment I’ll never forget.”

Release courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.