Injury sidelines Oregonian from USA Olympic ski team

      EUGENE, Ore. - Team USA calls him one of the fastest movers in ski racing, but they'll have to do without Oregon-native Tommy Ford in Sochi.

      He's out because of an injury.

      A fixture in the World Cup circuit, 24-year-old Ford is known for his speed.

      "Downhill I've gone probably around 80, 85 - but that's clocked," he told KMTR NewsSource 16. "Otherwise, you never know."

      In a Skype interview with NewsSource 16, Ford said he grew up in Bend, Oregon taking in the slopes at Mount Bachelor around age two.

      "Yeah, it's a fun place to grow up," Ford said. "It's cool to be around other skiers around there. And there's all sorts of good athletes that have come out of that town."

      He's been a member of Team USA for 7 years now.

      Placing 26th in the giant slalom at the 2010 Olympics in Canada, he had high hopes for Sochi. Ford fractured his right femur when he crashed into some trees and rocks while free skiing in france January of last year.

      "I was skiing with a friend and we were going in a place we didn't know and I ended up breaking my leg," Ford said.

      He came back to Oregon to rehab the injury.

      "Once I was able to move around more, I was going to Utah and checking in with the USA ski team," Ford said.

      Even though he can't be there in Russia, he's cheering on his teammates from Dartmouth, where he's studying studio art.

      "Oh yeah, they're skiing really well right now. It's fun to watch," Ford said.

      As for Ford, he'll be going for gold again. You can follow his road to recovery on his blog.

      "I'll be competing next winter, working into the World Cup again," he said, "shooting towards the next Olympics in 2018."

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