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Aspen’s Hoffman injured in World Cup fall

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Aspen's Noah Hoffman races for the United States in the Sochi Winter Olympics. Hoffman suffered a left leg injury Sunday in a World Cup race in Finland.

Aspen's Noah Hoffman, who represented the Unites States at the Sochi Winter Olympics last year, suffered a left leg injury after crashing in a World Cup race Sunday in Finland.

"Noah is heading back to the states," said Tom Kelly, vice president for communications with the U.S. Ski Team. "He will be in Denver (today) and will be examined Tuesday in Vail."

Kelly said Hoffman was racing in a 15-kilometer cross country race in Ruka, Finland.

Hoffman fell on a steep descent on the cross country course late in the race.

"It was within the last 2 kilometers, … very close to the end," Kelly said.

Hoffman recently hosted a fundraising event at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen.

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He had a breakthrough race in the 50-kilometer at the Sochi Winter Games. He raced among the leader for much of the race, eventually finishing 26th.

"Sochi was incredibly confidence-building," Hoffman said in a recent interview with The Aspen Times. "In the 50K race alone, I was skiing at the front of the pack for 48 kilometers."

A strong finish in the 15-kilometer classic at the Winter Olympics further boosted his confidence, he said.

"You realize that on any given day, you can be the best in the world. I can be one of those guys on any given day," Hoffman said.

Twice on the World Cup last year, Hoffman was timed with the fastest time of the day.

Kelly said the U.S. Ski Team will release more information after Hoffman is examined this week.

dstrode@aspentimes.com