MONTREAL (AP) _ A neck injury that left Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau just inches from being paralyzed will keep the Canadian moguls skier out of next month's Winter Olympics.

Rousseau underwent surgery last week in France to repair a fractured vertebra he suffered after ramming his neck into a mogul during a fall while training for a World Cup event. He returned to Montreal on Tuesday, where doctors told him he must wear a cervical collar for six weeks. It will be at least three months before he can begin skiing moguls again.

The Salt Lake City Games begin Feb. 8.

``For me to go to the Olympics would be impossible,'' Rousseau said.

``I kind of knew that was coming, but I kept the faith on going to the Olympics and having a really good comeback. The risk of having a quadriplegic experience after a little fall would be too much.

``I don't want to take that chance with my life.''

Rousseau, 21, placed second at last year's world freestyle championships and third in the World Cup mogul rankings the last two seasons.