American Biesemeyer ruled out of downhill due to injury

FILE PHOTO: Tommy Biesemeyer, of the USA men's alpine speed team, listens to a question from the media during a press conference in the Gangwon Room of the Main Press Center in PyeongChang, South Korea. Mandatory Credit: Eric Seals-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2018; PyeongChang, KOR; Teammates Bryce Bennett, left, and Tommy Biesemeyer, of the USA men's alpine speed team, laugh during a press conference in the Gangwon Room of the Main Press Center in PyeongChang, South Korea. Mandatory Credit: Eric Seals-USA TODAY Sports

By Simon Evans

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - American Tommy Biesemeyer has been ruled out of the Olympic downhill after suffering an ankle injury during training, the U.S Ski and Snowboard Federation said in a statement on Wednesday.

Biesemeyer, ranked 40th in the world, was taken by team medical staff to a local clinic where he was treated and released but he will not be able to ski in Thursday's rescheduled downhill.

The 29-year-old, at his first Olympics, said it was hard to keep a positive outlook.

"I wonder why this happens. It is hard to not think if there is a deeper meaning to it all. 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," he said.

"I am honored to have been named to Team USA and walking in the Opening Ceremony is a moment I’ll never forget," he added.

Biesemeyer's place in the American downhill team will be taken by Ryan Cochran-Siegle.

(Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond)

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