Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White pulled out of the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships snowboard slopestyle final with an ankle injury on Sunday.
White, who is attempting to make the first U.S. Olympic snowboard slopestyle team, said Saturday he “hyperflexed” his left ankle in the halfpipe final, where he fell in his first run and finished second to Greg Bretz.
It was posted on White’s social media accounts that he sprained an ankle. He’s seen in an Instagram photo published Sunday with his left ankle in a bucket.
White suffered a right ankle injury in New Zealand in August.
Canadian Mark McMorris, the two-time reigning Winter X Games champion, dominated Sunday’s final in White’s absence. White was the top qualifier into the slopestyle final even though McMorris is considered the Olympic gold-medal favorite.
The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., marks the first of five Olympic selection events for freeskiing and snowboarding. The next event is next weekend in Copper Mountain, Colo.
The U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team selection process allows for a discretionary selection, meaning an athlete may be named to the team even if he or she does not compete in selection events.
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Australian golfer Marc Leishman will miss the Rio Olympics due to his wife’s health.
“Many of you may know that last April my children and I almost lost my wife, Audrey, to toxic shock syndrome,” Leishman said in a statement. “Since then Audrey has been prone to infection and is far removed from 100 percent recovery of her immune system.
“We have consulted with Audrey’s physician and due to her ongoing recovery from toxic shock and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus, it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate.
“I missed playing in the 2015 Masters tournament to be at her side when she was originally stricken and I cannot risk placing her health in jeopardy.
“The Masters and the Olympics are the two biggest tournaments to which a golfer can be invited; however, my family will always come before golf.”
Leishman, 32 with one PGA Tour win, joined the projected Olympic field when countryman Adam Scott said last month that he would skip Rio.
World No. 1 Jason Day is assured one of two Olympic spots for Australian men when the 60-man field is determined based on July 11 world rankings.
With No. 7 Scott and No. 35 Leishman out, the next-best Aussie is No. 63 Marcus Fraser.
Three more major champions — Vijay Singh, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — also said in April they would not compete in Rio.
Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.
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Rory McIlroy believes golf may not remain in the Olympics after 2020 following a string of major champions announcing they will skip the sport’s return at the Rio Games.
“Because of how [Olympic golf is] being approached in golf circles … I’m not sure if we’re going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after [Tokyo 2020],” McIlroy said ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.
In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to re-add golf and rugby to the Olympic program for the 2016 Olympics, with a review in 2017 if they would remain for the 2020 Olympics.
In 2013, Tokyo was elected host city for the 2020 Olympics with a plan that includes golf.
Beyond 2020, golf does not yet have a place in the Olympics. Its chances for the 2024 Olympics could come into focus when that host city is chosen in September 2017.
McIlroy, ranked No. 3 in the world, has repeated he will play for Ireland in the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904 in Rio in August.
Fellow major champions Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh said last month they will not play in the Rio Olympics.
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