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Tommy Biesemeyer injures right ankle, out of men's downhill race

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- American ski racer Tommy Biesemeyer will miss the men's downhill Thursday after hurting his right ankle while training.

The U.S. ski team said Wednesday he was taken to a local clinic to receive treatment and was released.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle will take his place in the race.

Biesemeyer said in a statement: "You are supposed to be optimistic in times like these and say something like, 'I will come back stronger than ever.' But I just can't bring myself to do it. I am honored to have been named to Team USA and walking in the Opening Ceremony is a moment I'll never forget."