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.