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One of handful of U.S. national team athletes from Vermont's Stratton Mountain School, Nick Krause has international experience already in the bag and a smattering of FIS race podiums. Now he’s climbing the U.S. Ski Team rungs with his eyes set on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Krause had an excellent season going with solid top 10 consistency at the NorAm level, then steamed right into the Junior World Championships and slammed a top 25 in super G. His confidence was high during the downhill, but he crashed and was knocked out of competition for the remainder of the 2014 season–the second-straight season an injury prematurely ended his winter.
I later found out I tore my ACL. It’s unfortunate to end a season on an injury two years in a row, but I was pushing as hard as I could. Though it would be nice to be healthy, I know I would have been just as bummed out if I made it to the bottom safely and saw a 20th place rank next to my name. This kind of thing happens when you push your limits, but that’s what makes ski racing so damn fun.
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