American star Decker, injured in ice hockey, will not participate in the Beijing Games


Beijing 2022 Olympic Games – Ice Hockey – Prelim. Round – Group A – Finland v USA – Wukesong Sports Center, Beijing, China – February 3, 2022. Brianna Decker of the USA is stretched after sustaining an injury. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Feb 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. women’s ice hockey team will be without assistant captain Brianna Decker for the remainder of the Beijing Winter Games after suffering an injury on the opening night of Olympic competition on Thursday .

Decker’s third Olympic appearance lasted just minutes as she screamed in pain after colliding with an opposing player behind the net. Read more

She left the ice on a stretcher and will not compete at the Games again due to a “lower body injury”, the US team said.

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Captain Kendall Coyne Schofield described Decker’s collision as “horrific”.

“It’s a tough loss, especially so early in this tournament,” Kessel told Team USA‘s official website.

The United States are the reigning Olympic champions.

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Reporting by Andrew Both in Adelaide; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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