Winter Games Athletes
The injury-plagued Malone managed to make his second Olympic team despite getting hurt in a crash at the trials. The 29-year-old suffered sore ribs and strained a tendon in his hip during qualifying for the 1,000 meters, but had already accumulated enough points to advance to Sochi. Malone will race in the 500 meters in Russia and get a chance to earn another medal in the 5,000-meter relay. Malone was part of the bronze-medal winning 5,000 team in Vancouver, but failed to advance to the quarterfinals in the 500 and 1,500. Originally an inline skater, Malone switched to speedskating after seeing Apolo Anton Ohno compete at the 2002 Salt Lake Games. That same year, however, he suffered his second major injury in inline skating. Malone broke his upper jaw and other bones in his face while trying to avoid a pileup during a race and needed to have four plates and 16 screws inserted. He also suffered a spiral fracture of his left fibula in 2001 and tore ligaments in his leg. He missed his chance to make the 2006 Olympic team after falling and snapping off a piece of his ankle bone during practice. Malone suffered his second knee injury in as many years in 2010 and was forced to rest during the 2010-11 season. Yet despite those various ailments, he's earned a combined seven medals in world championships, five as a member of a relay and two in team competition. He's a 15-time medalist and five-time gold medalist in World Cup competition. Malone also started Full Composite Racing, a business that manufactures carbon fiber products for speedskaters.