Junior Casey Simons
Jan. 3, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah ski team announced today that junior nordic skier Casey Simons has undergone a successful surgery, but will miss the duration of the 2006 ski season.
"Casey recently had surgery for compartment syndrome in his shins," said head coach Eli Brown. "The surgery went well and he is working hard with rehab. We expect Casey to redshirt this year, and come back stronger for his final two seasons of NCAA skiing."
The Park City, Utah native finished 35th in the 10-km classical and 38th in the 20-km freestyle at the '05 NCAA National Championships as a sophomore. Simons also earned an all-conference ranking in the West Regional standings.
Outside of Utah, Simons won the 1-km FS sprint at the '04 Chevy Truck U.S. Cross Country Junior Olympic Championships and was named to the '04 U.S. Ski Team World Junior Championship team.
"Without Casey racing this winter, our mens cross country team is down to three athletes," added Brown. "With only three per gender in each sport able to compete at the NCAA Championships, it is a bit scary to have no room for error. Jess (Kiesel), Fabian (Figi), and Erik (Gjomle) have risen to the occasion and are fired up to compete hard for the team."