Dec 22, 2013; Copper Mountain, CO, USA; Torstein Horgmo (left) of Norway placed second, Staale Sandbech (center) of Norway placed first and Shaun White of the United States placed third at the men

Snowboarder Torstein Horgmo out of Olympics after practice-run accident

Norwegian snowboarder Torstein Horgmo crashed during a training run in Sochi on Monday and won’t be able to participate in the upcoming Olympics due to the broken collarbone he sustained.

Teammate Staale Sandbech said Horgmo crashed while attempting a difficult trick:

I saw that he fell over the rail and trashed pretty hard. He tried a really hard trick (switch hardway backside 270), probably the hardest trick you’ll see all day. He was transferring from one jump to another rail (USA Today Sports).

According to Inside the Games, the design of the slopestyle course has received criticism from some of the competitors:

Finland’s Roope Tonteri argued the course was “not really safe” because of the size of the jumps, while Canada’s Sebastien Toutant compared the course to like “jumping out of a building”.

In response to these opinions, as well as to Horgmo’s crash, officials have vowed improvements will be made ahead of competition getting underway.

The Olympics begin on February 7.

[Source: USA Today Sports]

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