American Daron Rahlves, who won WX Skier X in 2008 and was a favorite to win his second WX gold here today, went down in the final heat of the quarterfinals, crashing in the rhythm section as he was trying to make a pass.
According to Winter X Games physicians, Daron Rahlves never lost consciousness. ESPN Skier X analyst Reggie Crist spoke to Rahlves before he was taken to the local hospital, and Rahlves told Crist that he may have dislocated his right hip -- an injury hes suffered three times before.
He was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital and was diagnosed with a dislocated right hip. The hip was put back into place, and he is now weight bearing and walking. He will be released from the hospital today, Jan. 31.
This is the second injury suffered by the two U.S. Olympic Team Ski Cross members Rahlves and Casey Puckett, who elected not to compete in favor of resting his left shoulder that he had surgery on January 13.
Rahlves, who won the Best Line award at last night's Powder Video Awards, said before his run that the course was skiing super fast, making for interesting runs with skiers racing for position.