Jee-won Seo, the cousin of USC Olympian Jung-hwa Seo, competes in the free-style skiing qualifiers in Sochi, Russia.

USC's Lone Winter Olympian, Korean Free-Style Skier Jung-Hwa Seo, Has Injury Scare


USC may rule the summer Olympics, owning the the title of the university with the most Olympians, overall medalists and gold medalists in the United States. However, no one would accuse the Trojans from sunny southern California of overachieving in the Winter Olympics.

The Trojans do, however, have representation in Sochi, though even that looked a bit shaky on the eve of the opening ceremonies.

South Korean free-style skier and USC student Jung-Hwa Seo took a hard fall in training yesterday just before the qualifiers, according to the Korea Times.

The 24-year-old landed awkwardly during a practice run at Sochi’s Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Friday and appeared to be suffering concussion-like symptoms, just hours before the first qualification rounds in the women’s mogul.

But after undergoing tests at a local hospital, Seo was cleared for Saturday’s qualification round, Korean officials told reporters.

“She suffered a light bruise to her cervical vertebrae. However, the injury isn’t severe and she will be able to compete on Saturday,” said an official from the Korea Ski Federation.

“She was treated at the hospital and is now resting.”

Seo represented USC in the 2008 Vancouver games and placed 21st. She is just the fourth winter Olympian to represent USC.

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