Mark McMorris fractures rib in slopestyle final

By: The Associated Press
January 25, 2014 Updated: January 25, 2014 at 6:14 pm
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Members of the Canadian snowboarding team, from left, Maelle Ricker, Mark McMorris, Spencer O'Brien, Sebastien Toutant and Chris Robanske pose for a photo following the team announcement in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday Jan. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

ASPEN — Olympic gold-medal favorite Mark McMorris of Canada fractured a rib during a crash in the Winter X Games slopestyle finals Saturday.

McMorris caught his snowboard on the lip of a rail and went sliding down the bar on his right side before landing hard on the snow. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before riding down the hill under his own power.

He was treated and released from the hospital, where X-rays showed he had a fractured rib but no other damage.

"I wasn't focused," McMorris said during a brief interview at the bottom of the hill.

He finished second, behind another Canadian, Max Parrot (96.33), in the event on the strength of an earlier run.

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