Snowboarder Seth Wescott didn't see trouble ahead while zooming down a steep slope with a spectacular blue glacier serving as a backdrop for a movie scene he was filming.
Nobody had warned him of a wide crevasse.
The 37-year-old snowboarder caught a glimpse of it before crashing into a wall of ice, a violent accident that broke his tibial plateau and tore the ACL in his left knee.
Surgery and rehabilitation following the April injury in Alaska effectively ended Wescott's hope of an Olympic three-peat in the snowboardcross, the event in which he has won two straight gold medals.
But he has no regrets about his backcountry adventures.
''Those spring trips are what re-energize me and keep me passionate about the sport,'' he said.
Wescott will complete in the last major event of his season this weekend at the Legendary Mount Baker Banked Slalom, an annual snowboarding contest in Washington. Then he'll focus on getting healthy for next year's World Cup circuit.
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