Freestyle skiing-American Owens tumbles during practice run

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ZHANGJIAKOU, China, Feb 2 (Reuters) - American freestyle mogul skier Kai Owens fell and injured her face during a practice run on Tuesday evening and appeared to lose consciousness for a moment, a Reuters photographer said.

Owens, a 17-year old Colorado skier who was born in China but was raised in the United States, is due to compete in the mogul qualifications event on Thursday.

The Reuters photographer at the scene saw a man in a Team France jacket approach Owens to assist. Owens appeared to be stunned few seconds but quickly regained her footing and was able to ski down.

Owens on Wednesday posted photos of her bruised and swollen face on Instagram and said she had a "little crash".

"I'm doing well, in high spirits, and working with our medical team to evaluate and make the best decisions," she said, thanking her supporters for their well-wishes.

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Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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