Julie Parisien, 23, of Sugarloaf, Maine, regarded as a rising star two years ago, was disqualified on the second run of the women's slalom Saturday for straddling a gate.
"I know what I can do, and to not do it when I know I can be at the top, it's a joke," Parisien said. "It's a waste of talent, I know that, but I need a break."
Her career went into a tailspin after her brother, Jean-Paul, was killed by a drunk driver 14 months ago.
"I'm concerned about my own health," Parisien said. "Ski racing hasn't been important to me this year. Since my brother died, it hasn't been important.
"I'm at the point where nothing matters to me except my spiritual health. It's just ruined right now."
Of America's four starters, only Carrie Sheinberg, Port Washington, N.Y., completed the race, finishing 18th in 2:00.16 (1:01.63, 58.53). Monique Pelletier, Hood River, Ore., was disqualified on her second run. Canada's Melanie Turgeon and Eva Twardokens, Santa Cruz, Calif., did not finish.
After two of four runs, Canada II (Christopher Lori, Christian Farstad, Sheridon Baptiste, Glenroy Gilbert) was ninth, 1:44.43 (52.11, 52.32); and Canada I (Pierre Lueders, David Maceachern, Jacek Pyc, Pascal Caron) was 13th, 1:44.73 (52.22, 52.51).
Curtis Schreiner, Day, N.Y.; David Jareckie, Bennington, Vt.; Jon Engen, West Yellowstone, Mont.; Duncan Douglas, Lake Placid, N.Y., finished 14th out of 18 teams in the 4x7.5-meter relay in 1:35:43.7.
Short track speed skating
In the men's 500, Andrew Gabel, Northbrook, Ill., and Derrick Campbell, Canada, were eliminated in the quarterfinal heats. Frederic Blackburn, Canada, finished first in the B (non-medal) final in 44.97, and Marc Gagnon, Canada, was fourth in the medal final in 52.74. Canada finished fourth in the men's 5,000-meter relay. In the women's 1,000, Amy Peterson, Maplewood, Minn., was eliminated in the quarterfinals, Canada's Sylvie Daigle was disqualified in the semifinals, and Isabelle Charest finished first in the B (non-medal) final in 1:37.49.
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