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Skier Kitt Injures Wrist in Spill

December 4, 1998

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) _ Former World Championship medalist AJ Kitt underwent surgery Thursday evening after breaking his right wrist during a training run in the first leg of the Ford Downhill Series.

Kitt had surgery at the Aspen Valley Hospital. He was expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, said Henry Schneidman, president of Eclipse Television and Sports Marketing, which established the downhill series.

``From what we understand, he also possibly has a dislocated rib and lacerations on his leg,″ Schneidman said.

Kitt injured himself in ``a bad crash″ early Thursday afternoon, Schneidman said. ``He flew about 75 yards.″

He said Kitt’s wife was flying to Aspen from their home in Jacksonville, Fla.

Schneidman said two-time World Champion Kyle Rassmussen from California will take Kitt’s place as Tommy Moe’s teammate on the U.S. team.

More training was scheduled Friday, with the race starting Saturday.

Kitt, 30, the downhill bronze medalist in the 1993 World Championships, resigned in June from World Cup skiing. He is the only American Alpine skier to compete in four Olympics.

He and Moe, the 1994 Olympic downhill champion and silver medalist in super-G, left the U.S. Ski Team to turn professional, Schneidman said. The Ford Downhill Series was to be Kitt’s first competition.

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