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Norwegian snowboard slopestyle's Torstein Horgmo crashes; he'll miss Olympics

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Did Shaun White’s quest for an Olympic gold medal in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics just got a little better?

There's a good chance it did, following events Monday at the 2014 Olympic skiing and snowboarding venue in Sochi.

Norwegian snowboard slopestyle competitor, Torstein Horgmo, a 2014 Winter Olympic favorite, crashed Monday during a training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The crash took place on the Olympic slopestyle course.

Horgmo is now officially out of the Olympics after breaking his collarbone.

White, who has trained the previous two years at Northstar California ski resort in Lake Tahoe, wants to add a slopestyle gold medal at Sochi to previous halfpipe gold medals at the Winter Olympics.

Serious crash for Horgmo
Horgmo, 26, is commonly referred to in the snowboard industry as the most progressive rider, and it was that push for progression that led him to a serious crash during practice.

Horgmo’s fellow Norwegian and teammate Staale Sandbech saw the crash and said that he fell on a rail section in an attempt to transfer from one rail to another.

For White, this may serve as a sign of hope as he looks to earn gold in both slopestyle and halfpipe where both fields are stacked with international talent.

Although White will still have to best the current gold medal favorite Mark McMorris, who came in second at X Games last weekend but is dealing with a fractured rib, Horgmo's injury has lightened the load of riders to beat.

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