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Broken bones and injury woes won’t stop these five resilient stars when Olympic Games glory is at stake

PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 26:  Alpine skier Ted Ligety poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 26, 2017 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

A host of big names are hoping to return to action at the Olympic Winter Games following lengthy injury lay-offs. Here are five returnees setting their sights on glory at PyeongChang 2018…

Mark McMorris

The Canadian snowboarder is no stranger to injuries. A broken rib at the 2014 Winter X Games on the eve of Sochi 2014 meant he was not at his best but he still picked up a slopestyle bronze. Worse was to follow at the end of last season when he fractured his jaw, pelvis, left arm and ribs, ruptured his spleen and suffered a collapsed left lung. But the resilient McMorris is back with gold in his sights PyeongChang 2018.

Ted Ligety

Ted ‘the Shred’ is finally back fit and healthy for the first time since October 2015. During his spell on the sidelines he has experienced two back injuries (he is recently back from surgery), frayed cartilage in his hip and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Having skied in pain for so long, the 33-year-old American says he now feels reborn as he bids for a third Olympic gold to add to ones from Turin in 2006 and Sochi 2014.

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Lara Gut

With Lindsey Vonn missing most of the World Cup season with her own injury problems, the Swiss skier had hoped to make a successful assault on the overall World Cup title in 2017. But a ruptured knee ligaments at the World Championships put a premature end to her campaign. Despite missing the subsequent four World Cup rounds, she still finished the season an impressive fourth in the overall rankings.

Julia Mancuso

The 33-year-old American has a propensity to shine at the Olympic Winter Games. At Turin 2006, she won gold having yet to win a World Cup round, and she was podium-less in the lead-up to Vancouver 2010, but she won double silver. She has been curtailed by hip injuries throughout her career, but is now coming back fit and strong as she looks for success at PyeongChang 2018.

Callum Watson

The Australian cross-country skier may be unlikely to feature in the medals but that he is back on small skis is an impressive feat following a training exercise in which he fell and a competitors ski scythed through his ribs and punctured his right lung. He is now getting back to his full fitness and form and has been working part time as an Uber cab driver to fund his Olympic ambitions.

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