Lyne: carried the Irish flag at the Sochi opening ceremony. Kerstin Joensson
Sochi 2014

Conor Lyne cleared to compete despite Olympic injury scare

Skiier injured his shoulder during a training session in Sochi 10 days ago.

IRELAND’S CONOR LYNE will compete in the Giant Slalom skiing despite an injury that threatened to ruin his Winter Olympics debut.

Lyne has been racing against the clock since he hurt his left shoulder during a training run in Sochi 10 days ago.

But the 20-year-old has been given the green light by doctors and will be at the start line tomorrow.

“Conor had to modify his training schedule significantly in the run up to the event but has been medically cleared to participate and he will perform to the best of his ability,” the Olympic Council of Ireland said in a statement today.

“He has been under the care of the Olympic Council of Ireland’s Chief Physiotherapist Aidan Woods and Professor Lars Engebretson, the International Olympic Committee’s Orthopaedic Surgeon and Head of Science & Research.”

Lyne said: “It has been my lifelong ambition to compete at the Olympics. I wish to thank my family, Aidan Woods, and my coach in Sochi Alain Untegassmair, for helping me to realise my dream.”

The first run of the men’s Giant Slalom begins at 7am Irish time.

Earlier today Florence Bell failed to finish in her first event, the women’s Giant Slalom, after she missed a gate during her first run.

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