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Shaun White out of New Zealand Winter Games slopestyle after training crash

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Two-time Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White missed the slopestyle competition after a crash in training at the FIS World Cup stop in Cardrona, New Zealand.

White, 26, suffered an ankle injury, according to multiple reports out of New Zealand. It is unknown if White will be able to compete in the halfpipe. Qualifying starts Thursday.

Welp…….

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White aims to win double gold at the Sochi Olympics, an eye on his third straight title in the halfpipe and a first in the new Olympic event of slopestyle. He won four straight Winter X Games titles in slopestyle from 2003-06 but took fifth at this year’s X Games.

If White is on his game in slopestyle in Sochi, he’ll have a showdown with Canadian Mark McMorris, 19, the two-time reigning X Games champion.

White’s band, Bad Things, will release its debut album Oct. 8, four months before the Olympics. White said he will tour with the band after the album comes out.

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‘Gold Map’ launched to promote youth Olympic sports participation

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Olympic fans can visit NBCOlympics.com/GoldMap from now through the Rio Games in August for information on how youth can participate locally in the Olympic sport they are watching.

“Lots of kids are going to be inspired by the Olympics, and they’re going to want to do sports that they may not know about,” four-time Olympic track champion Allyson Felix said on TODAY. “This is a place where they can get information.”

NBC Olympics will integrate a series of short promotional features during NBC Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials with more information on “Gold Map.”

“Gold Map,” which debuted for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, was launched by NBC Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Summer Olympic sport national governing bodies.

VIDEO: P&G Olympic ‘Thank you, mom’ ad

Watch P&G’s Olympic ‘Thank you, mom’ ad

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You may remember the inspiring P&G “Thank you, mom” ads from the London 2012 Olympics and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

Well, the brand published its Rio 2016 ad on Wednesday with more tear-jerking moving pictures.

Note the Romanian flag in the gymnastics arena.

Romania didn’t qualify a men’s or women’s team for Rio but can send gymnasts for individual events.

VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline leading into Rio