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.

Mark McMorris fractures rib in slopestyle final

By: The Associated Press
Updated: January 25, 2014 at 6:14 pm

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...

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