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Stiegler done for season with broken bones in leg

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colo. – U.S. skier Resi Stiegler is out for the season after breaking two bones in her left leg in a crash during giant slalom training.

The U.S. Ski Team said Friday that Stiegler, a 2006 Olympian from Jackson Hole, Wyo., had surgery for fractures to her tibia and femur.

“This was a serious injury for Resi, but her spirit is strong,” U.S. Ski Team medical director Richard Quincy said in a statement. “One of the first things she asked was if she could be ready for on-snow camp in New Zealand next summer.”

The injuries from Thursday’s accident at Copper Mountain are the latest obstacle for the 24-year-old Stiegler. She was sidelined for more than a year after hurting her left arm and right knee in a December 2007 crash in Lienz, Austria.

Stiegler returned in February 2009 and finished 19th in the slalom at the world championships. She then fractured her foot a few weeks later.

“Really bummed for her,” three-time Olympian Sarah Schleper said Thursday after cutting short her giant slalom workout following Stiegler’s crash. “She’s a lot of good energy for us.

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“She was starting to ski well again. This is going to be really tough for her. We’re going to be supporting her 100 percent, though.”