U.S. Snowboarder Hale Injured, Will Not Compete In SBX

Bardonecchia, Italy—U.S. snowboarder Jayson Hale(Sugar Bowl, CA) was injured during snowboardcross training Tuesday in Bardonecchia.

On the second day of official snowboardcross training inBardonecchia, Hale missed his landing coming off the “Wu Tang” jump toward the end of the course and sustained a right knee injury. From Bardonecchia, he was transported to Sestriere for further evaluation and an MRI.

“Jayson suffered a torn ACL on his right knee and will be unable to compete in Olympic competition,” stated Dr. Jim Sterling,Chief Medical Officer for the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team. “He has significant bone bruising around that area as well. However, he is comfortable and stable. He is still undecided on whether he wants to remain here in Italy or return home, but for now he is living in the Olympic Village in Bardonecchia.”

Hale was taking a solo training run on the course and caught too much air coming off the quarterpipe jump known as a “Wu Tang,” just prior to the course’s final corner.

The U.S. Olympic Committee along with U.S. Ski and Snowboard will submit to TOROC and IOC officials a Late AthleteReplacement Form for Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, ID) as a possible replacement for Hale.

Snowboardcross makes its official Olympic debut Thursday.