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heywoodu

Top athletes who will miss the Winter Olympic Games 2018

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heywoodu    1,725

Every time we see the same thing, logically when you're talking about many hundreds of athletes: there's always a few main contenders who get injured, sick or otherwise miss out on the Olympics. I thought it'd be interesting to make a collection of them here, and see just who we are missing out on. 

 

Obviously there's no special rules, but personally I'd go for athletes who actually miss out on a somewhat realistic medal chance (where "but he didn't really have a chance" is a different kind of discussion) and who miss out due to things like injury. Someone like Ole Einar Bjoerndalen or Michel Mulder, who in theory would have a medal chance but simply weren't good enough to qualify, doesn't really count. 

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heywoodu    1,725

I'll start out with what I've got in mind at the moment. There's a lot of torn ACL's in there, feel free to correct me if that's not technically correct since I'm quick to count a knee injury as a torn ACL :p 

 

Alpine skiing
Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN) - Torn ACL at the Lake Louise World Cup

Travis Ganong (USA) - Torn ACL at the Bormio World Cup

Jacqueline Wiles (USA) - Torn ACL (?) + double leg fracture at the Garmisch World Cup

Erik Guay (CAN) - Back injury

Felix Neureuther (GER) - Knee injury

Steven Nyman (USA) - ?

 

Freestyle skiing

Kelly Sildaru (EST) - Torn ACL

Lisa Zimmermann (GER) - Torn ACL

Heidi Zacher (GER) - Torn ACL

Georgia Simmerling (CAN) - ?

 

Ski jumping

Severin Freund (GER) - Torn ACL

 

Biathlon

Gabriela Koukalova (CZE) - Leg injury?

 

Snowboarding

Sabine Schöffmann (AUT) - Fractured fibula + torn ligaments at the Bansko World Cup

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heywoodu    1,725
6 minutes ago, Maxim Fastovsky said:

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Drew Doughty , Patrick Kane :thumbdown:

Well yeah, we could name the entire NHL roster, but yeah :lol:

 

 

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2 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

Well yeah, we could name the entire NHL roster, but yeah :lol:

 

 

 

still not over it, very sad, also scary precedent for basketball for nba players, and probably means will really never see mlb players in baseball, even in the l.a olympics 

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De_Gambassi    165

Benoit Valentin (Freestyle skiing, FRA)

 

Rupture des ligaments croisés (Torn ACL ???), Aspen world cup finals

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stamura84    10

italian important absence are :
Elena Fanchini,alpine ski (cancer),
Elena Curtoni,alpine ski
Samuel Costa,nordic combined

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Pavlo    51

so sad for Wiles - i like her very much...seen her crash live on Eurosport...when she could easily avoid it just letting it go...she decided to stay in the race with such a high cost :/

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OlympicsFan    148
vor 2 Stunden schrieb heywoodu:

I'll start out with what I've got in mind at the moment. There's a lot of torn ACL's in there, feel free to correct me if that's not technically correct since I'm quick to count a knee injury as a torn ACL :p 

 

Alpine skiing
Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN) - Torn ACL at the Lake Louise World Cup

Travis Ganong (USA) - Torn ACL at the Bormio World Cup

Jacqueline Wiles (USA) - Torn ACL (?) + double leg fracture at the Garmisch World Cup

Erik Guay (CAN) - Back injury

Felix Neureuther (GER) - Knee injury

Steven Nyman (USA) - ?

 

Freestyle skiing

Kelly Sildaru (EST) - Torn ACL

Lisa Zimmermann (GER) - Torn ACL

Heidi Zacher (GER) - Torn ACL

Georgia Simmerling (CAN) - ?

 

Ski jumping

Severin Freund (GER) - Torn ACL

 

Biathlon

Gabriela Koukalova (CZE) - Leg injury?

 

Snowboarding

Sabine Schöffmann (AUT) - Fractured fibula + torn ligaments at the Bansko World Cup

Alpine skiing:

Stefan Luitz (GER) - Torn ACL

 

Figure skating:

Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) - Back injury

 

Snowboarding:

Torah Bright (AUS) - Wrist inury
Don't know if she counts, she wasn't able to qualify due to a wrist injury.

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heywoodu    1,725
10 minutes ago, OlympicsFan said:

Alpine skiing:

Stefan Luitz (GER) - Torn ACL

 

Figure skating:

Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) - Back injury

 

Snowboarding:

Torah Bright (AUS) - Wrist inury
Don't know if she counts, she wasn't able to qualify due to a wrist injury.

Ah, how could I forget Luitz. 

 

And sure she counts, it's nothing formal or official, no problem. 

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OlympicsFan    148
vor einer Stunde schrieb heywoodu:

Ah, how could I forget Luitz. 

 

And sure she counts, it's nothing formal or official, no problem. 

Of course the question is how you define it. Are athletes who weren't able to qualify due to injury really "missing" it? We can't know whether they would have been good enough to qualify without the injury.

 

Maybe another addition to the list:

Anna Holmlund (SWE) - Head injury (A hint for everyone who takes part in the 2018 olympics bet contest)

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heywoodu    1,725
7 minutes ago, OlympicsFan said:

Of course the question is how you define it. Are athletes who weren't able to qualify due to injury really "missing" it? We can't know whether they would have been good enough to qualify without the injury.

 

Maybe another addition to the list:

Anna Holmlund (SWE) - Head injury (A hint for everyone who takes part in the 2018 olympics bet contest)

 

True, I'd say someone like Bjoerndalen wouldn't really belong in a list like this, he just wasn't good enough, whereas someone like Bright had her injury as main reason (much like when a Dutch speed skater would have been injured all pre-season and due to that, finished right outside the qualifying places at the OQT). 

 

Right, Holmlund :( The athlete who makes all other names on this list look like they had only a relatively small bit of bad luck, since broken bones and torn ACL's will heal, but the possiblity of permanent brain damage is a whole different level.. 

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