January 25

Wescott’s bid for Olympics ends

Maine’s two-time gold medalist can’t overcome major knee surgery and will set his sights on 2018.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Seth Wescott snowboards past a gate at the snowboard cross team World Cup event in Telluride, Colo., in 2012.

2012 Associated Press File Photo/ Nathan Bilow

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USA gold medalist Seth Wescott smiles at the men’s snowboard cross medal ceremony at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. He won’t be returning to the Olympics this year.

2010 Associated Press File Photo

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

OLYMPICS: Won 2006 and 2010 gold medals in snowboard cross

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: One gold, three silvers in snowboard cross

X GAMES: Three silvers, one bronze in snowboard cross

The surgery required a reconstruction of his ACL as well as a patella tendon graft.

Wescott said that while he has progressed in his recovery, he is still in great pain every time he gets on his board.

“I know what the inside of my body feels like,” he said. “It’s been a battle and it’s been painful. The last three and a half weeks, I’ve been in pain a lot. I was (competing) to see if I could make something happen. Frankly, it’s a relief in a lot of ways to be able to ease back now and stop putting my body through that every day.

“These are the things you battle through in these sports,” he said. “To have an opportunity to make the Olympic team, you battle through that pain. To be the best in the world, you need to be firing on all cylinders, and I just haven’t been. I look forward to the day I can return to that.’’

Wescott and Tuttle will return to Maine on Sunday, with a very limited competition schedule for the rest of the season.

“It’s nice now to have this pressure off, and I won’t race again until next year,” said Wescott. “I’ll focus on my health and take between now and next September to feel 100 percent healthy.”

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