The first round of women's moguls qualifications at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia took place Feb. 6 and saw 10 freeskiers earn automatic berths in the medal round event. But the competition wasn't a great one for all of the contestants, as shortly before the event began at the Rosa Khutor Freestyle Center, the course claimed a handful of victims including American Heidi Kloser.
Kloser, 21, took a tumble during a warm-up run and was subsequently loaded into a toboggan and carted from the course by medical personnel. According to reports, she sustained a knee injury that will likely end her Olympic quest, although she has yet to officially withdrawn from the second qualifier, which is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 6 AM Pacific time.
Defending Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney, who won the Feb. 6 qualifier and punched her ticket to the Feb. 8 finals, tweeted encouragement to her teammate following the crash, writing "@HeidiKloser, you are a beast. You will be back and you will be stronger than ever."
U.S. ski team member Bruce Perry Jr. echoed Kearney's sentiments and predicted good things in Kloser's future, tweeting "My heart goes out to @HeidiKloser. Its an amazing accomplishment to qualify for the @Olympics. With every setback, there's a bigger comeback."
Action from Sochi continues Feb. 7 with the much-anticipated Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.