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Norwegian snowboarder sustains fracture in Sochi, out of Olympics

February 03, 2014, 20:26 UTC+3 OSLO

Torstein Horgmo crashed on a rail while training and sustained a collarbone fracture

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Norwegian snowboarder Torstein Horgmo

Norwegian snowboarder Torstein Horgmo


OSLO, February 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Norway’s Olympic snowboarder Torstein Horgmo sustained an injury attempting a complicated trick at a training run in Russia’s Sochi on Monday, Norwegian media reported.

The 26-year-old medal contender in slopestyle, which is the new event to the Winter Olympics starting this year, crashed on a rail at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course and was later diagnosed at a hospital with a collarbone fracture.

Norway’s team manager Thomas Harstad said Horgmo, the three-time Winter X-Games champion, fell flat on his face and shoulder. The crash leaves him out of the Sochi Olympics, which kick off on Friday and will last until February 23.

"Injuries and falls are part of this sport, but the timing is really bad," the Associated Press quoted Horgmo as saying in a statement released by his Norwegian team.

USA Today daily cited Olympic doctor Ellen Moen as saying that Horgmo’s fracture was "uncomplicated," but still it would not allow him to practice and compete in the Sochi Olympics.

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