Brianna Decker Out For Remainder Of Olympics Following Horrible Injury

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Team USA’s Brianna Decker was stretchered off the ice on Thursday after suffering a  severe leg injury in the team’s opening game at the Beijing Olympics.

The assistant captain and three-time Olympian screamed in pain after being tripped from behind by Finland’s Ronja Savolainen midway through the first period.

Decker was unable to place any weight on her left leg and was taken off on a stretcher. USA Hockey later confirmed that Decker would be out for the remainder of the Olympics.

“I think it was a pretty sickening moment,” teammate Amanda Kessel told NBC Sports following the first period.

Decker was later seen on crutches next to the bench and was hugged by teammates as they left the ice.

Decker’s injury was the second to a key player during the tournament’s opening day at the Beijing Games. Canadian forward Melodie Daoust did not return after being checked hard into the boards by Sarah Foster in Canada’s 12-1 rout of Switzerland.

The Americans topped Finland in the matchup 5-2. The U.S. will play the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) on Friday.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Brianna Decker Out For Remainder Of Olympics Following Horrible Injury

  1. Anonymous says:

    Those screams are horrifying.

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