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Nate Holland breaks collarbone in snowboardcross training

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Two-time U.S. snowboardcross Olympian Nate Holland is in jeopardy of missing the Sochi Games after breaking a collarbone in training, the International Ski Federation (FIS) told NBCOlympics.com.

Holland, 35, suffered the injury before the first World Cup snowboardcross event in Montafon, Austria, this weekend.

Holland was considered a Sochi medal contender. He was 14th at the 2006 Olympics and fourth at the 2010 Olympics, where teammate Seth Wescott won gold both times. Holland won bronze at the 2007 and 2011 World Championships and is a six-time Winter X Games champion, the most recent in 2012.

Wescott, 37, is recovering from left ACL injury surgery in April and not competing in Montafon.

2006 Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis returned from a January 2012 left knee injury and two surgeries to place seventh, one spot behind U.S. teammate Jackie Hernandez.

Hernandez finished last in the A final after crashing. She was taken to the hospital. In an email Saturday morning, U.S. Snowboarding said it would have updates on Holland and Hernandez’s injuries later.

2010 Olympic halfpipe champion Australian Torah Bright, attemping to compete in halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross in Sochi, finished 20th.

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Men’s Curling Night 5: Japan routs USA

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On a night like Saturday, there’s very few teams who could defeat Japan. Unfortunately, Team USA was the one who had to go up against them.

Japan held John Shuster’s team to just two points in seven ends of play in an 8-2 rout of the Americans.

Both teams were tied for fourth in the team standings heading into the game. The U.S. falls to 2-3, now tied for fifth. Japan improves to 3-2, tied for third overall.

Click here for a full recap from tonight’s curling action

Other results: 
NOR def. DEN 10-8
SUI def. CAN 8-6
Current Team Standings:
1. Sweden 5-0
2. Canada 4-2
3. Switzerland 4-2
4. Japan 3-2
5. USA 2-3
6. Great Britain 2-3
7. Italy 2-3
8. Norway 2-3
9. Denmark 1-4
10. Korea 1-4

Marcel Hirscher leads GS; defending champ Ted Ligety trails

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Austria’s Marcel Hirscher leads by a commanding .63 seconds after the first of two giant slalom runs at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Hirscher, the reigning giant slalom world champion, is in position to win his second gold medal in PyeongChang, after claiming the combined title.

American Ted Ligety, who is nicknamed “Mr. GS,” is a distant 2.44 seconds behind Hirscher.

“I just sucked,” Ligety said on NBC.

Ligety is hoping to become the first man to successfully defend an Olympic giant slalom gold medal since Italy’s Alberto Tomba in 1992.

Standings after the first run

1. Marcel Hirscher (Austria)
2. Alexis Pinturault (France) +.63 seconds
3. Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (Norway) +.66 seconds
4. Riccardo Tonetti (Italy) +.75 seconds
5. Mathieu Faivre (France) +.79 seconds