McKennis ends her ski season

Alice McKennis’ dreams of making the U.S. team for the 2014 Olympics is officially over.

The 24-year-old alpine skier made the 2010 Olympics and competed in the downhill in Vancouver.

Thanks to an intensive and aggressive physical therapy regimen, the New Castle native had returned the slopes earlier than expected after a wicked crash in March 2013 that shattered her right shin bone into 30 pieces.

She had raced five times this season but her surgically repaired leg just wasn’t ready for the demands of World Cup ski racing.

Two days ago, McKennis posted a message on Twitter that read “My last day of training for the season was a week ago today in Italy. … I must look towards the future and give myself the best chance I can to follow my dreams. … I will be back next season ready for some redemption!”

Last January, McKennis won her first World Cup race, winning a downhill in St. Anton, Austria.

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