SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A foot injury could keep four-time Olympic medalist Justyna Kowalczyk from challenging Norway's dominance in the women's cross-country skiing events in Sochi.
Kowalczyk is one of Poland's best gold-medal hopes, and one of the few non-Norwegians considered to be a big threat to triple Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen. But she injured her left foot last month and posted a photo of her swollen and bruised ankle on Facebook a week ago. Since then, Kowalczyk has declined to discuss her injury publicly, leaving her rivals guessing whether she'll be fully fit for Saturday's opening 15-kilometer skiathlon.
"End of discussion about my foot, please," Kowalczyk said in her latest Facebook post, having deflected questions from both Polish and Norwegian journalists after her training session in Sochi on Wednesday. She posted a photo from that session of her skiing past the Olympic rings by the course.
"The five Olympic rings are an obligation," she said. "This is what (we) need to concentrate on."